Director Giuseppe M. Gaudino stars in a special tribute at ShorTS IFF

ShorTS IFF announces a tribute to Campania filmmaker Giuseppe M. Gaudino,
who on Thursday 8th July will lead a meeting with the audience at the Ariston Cinema and an online masterclass.

The programme includes a special screening of his film “Giro di lune tra terra e mare”
(Around the moons between land and sea), which finally returns to cinemas 24 years after its initial release on 35mm film,
and “Per questi stretti morire (Cartografia di una passione)”
(For these narrow passages to die (Cartography of a passion)), shot with Isabella Sandri,
the screenwriter and producer of the film and a filmmaker from Campania, who will be present at the screening.

ShorTS International Film Festival, the film festival taking place in Trieste both in person and online from 1st to 10th July, announces “Rewind!”, a selection curated by Luigi Abiusi. This year it includes a tribute to the director Giuseppe M. Gaudino, made in collaboration with the Cineteca Nazionale.

On Thursday 8th July, the filmmaker from Pozzuoli, Naples, and director of some very mysterious and hypnotic films, will take part in an online masterclass conducted by journalist Luigi Abiusi, which will be broadcasted on the Festival’s Facebook page. He will also partake in a meeting with the public at 8.00 p.m. at the Cinema Ariston in Trieste, which he will host with director and producer Isabella Sandri.

Also scheduled for Thursday 8th July is the special screening of his film “Giro di lune tra terra e mare” (1997), of which he is also producer and co-writer with Isabella Sandri. The film finally returns to the cinema and will be screened at the ShorTS Festival in Trieste in 35mm film, twenty-four years after its participation in the Competition at the Venice Film Festival and its first theatrical release. The setting of the narrative is Pozzuoli, the director’s hometown and a place steeped in ancient history and mystery. Here, a family attempts to survive as they move from home to home in an area devastated by earthquakes. The film has won numerous awards (including the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Golden Grolla for Directing at Saint-Vincent and the Best Director Award at the Semana dos Realizadores at Fantasporto) and has been selected at some of the world’s major festivals.

The evening of Thursday 8th July will continue with the screening of “Per questi stretti morire (Cartografia di una passione)” (2010), shot by Gaudino together with Isabella Sandri, who is also its screenwriter and producer. This is a powerful and evocative documentary film on the Italian explorer Alberto Maria De Agostini, who left as a missionary for Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in 1910. The work was awarded the City of Imola Prize for Best Italian Film at the 2011 Trento Film Festival, as well as the Special Jury Prize at the 18th Premio Libero Bizzarri. Also scheduled for 8th July is the screening of one of the many short films shot by Gaudino, “Aldis, amore 101, 102, 103”.

Born in Pozzuoli in 1957, Giuseppe M. Gaudino graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, and attended DAMS, specialising in Performing Arts, in Bologna. He went on to study at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and graduated with a diploma in Scenography, subsequently specialising in Film and Television Direction.

He made his debut in 1985 with “Aldis”, which was selected at numerous festivals. In 1988, with the film “00580 Annotazioni per un Documentario su Pozzuoli”, Gaudino began a creative narrative on the Campi Flegrei, which he would develop into further new film, documentary and radio works: “Per il Rione Terra”, “L’Assunta”, “Verso Baia”, “Giro di Lune: video-trailer per un progetto di film”, “Là dove Bocca, Sguardo e Cuore s’incontrano”. At the XIV Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema di Pesaro in 2000 he received the CinemAvvenire Award as Emerging Author of 90s Italian Cinema. His later works have a global focus (Afghanistan, Middle East, Latin America, Tierra del Fuego), always oriented towards experimentation with new languages and production models.

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