Fabrizio Gifuni / Premio Interprete del Presente
A very remarkable actor capable of original and moving analysis, revealing immensely human wounds and wrinkles. Embodying not only for the cinema and in memorable television series figures from recent and tragic Italian history such as Aldo Moro, Pope Paul VI, Franco Basaglia, Pippo Fava, Gifuni demonstrates these qualities also in his theatre work, exploring with profound dramaturgical impact and physical commitment works by 20th century giants such as Gadda and Pasolini often in creative synergy with his friend, director and muse Giuseppe Bertolucci. The calibre of his artistic exploration is clearly linked to his personal excellence in terms of acuity, irony and empathy.
He recently reached an artistic peak with his finely chiselled performance and impersonation of Aldo Moro, martyr of the State, in Marco Bellocchio’s masterpiece Esterno notte, for which he won both the David di Donatello Award and the Nastro d’Argento-Grandi Serie TV: inspired and revealing work that Gifuni later echoed in the role of the relentless papal inquisitor in Rapito directed by his now close friend Bellocchio. All this is in the wake of his aforementioned bio-historical performances as the politician De Gasperi, Pope Paul VI, the revolutionary Trieste psychiatrist Basaglia, and the sacrificial Sicilian journalist Fava, in important TV films directed by filmmakers such as Liliana Cavani, Fabrizio Costa, Marco Turco, and Daniele Vicari. Gifuni’s fine cinematic performances should also be remembered in Turco’s Vite in sospeso, Tavarelli’s Un amore, Giuseppe Bertolucci’s L’amore probabilmente, Marco Tullio Giordana’s La meglio gioventù and Romanzo di una strage, Davide Manuli’s Beket, Antonio Capuano’s L’amore buio, Edoardo Winspeare’s Galantuomini, and Paolo Virzì’s Il capitale umano, and his recent transformations in the action film La belva directed by Ludovico Di Martino and Sydney Sibilia’s comedy Mixed by Erry.
The ShorTS International Film Festival prize is thus awarded to a performer fully immersed in the present. Let us therefore expect from Gifuni further choices and narratives full of meaning, devoid of rhetoric, aware of the weight and freedom on which the elusive profession of actors plays.
Maurizio di Rienzo
After finishing his studies at the Silvio D’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art and training with Orazio Costa, he made his theatre debut in 1993 in Euripides’ Electra, directed by Massimo Castri, who would later direct him in Goldoni’s Trilogia della villeggiatura. Since 2000, he has been the creator and performer of numerous shows. Together with Giuseppe Bertolucci he worked on the award-winning project Gadda e Pasolini, antibiografia di una nazione, with the shows ‘Na specie de cadavere lunghissimo and L’Ingegner Gadda va alla guerra o della tragica istoria di Amleto Pirobutirro. Over time he has focused his attention on an idea of a “living relationship” with language, with particular attention to great Italian and foreign literature: Gadda, Pasolini, Pavese, Caproni, and also Dante, Manzoni, Camus.
Con il vostro irridente silenzio – Studio sulle lettere dalla prigionia e sul memoriale di Aldo Moro is his latest personal work for the theatre.
Regarding film and television, he has featured in more than forty films, working with, among others, Gianni Amelio, Marco Tullio Giordana, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Gianluca Tavarelli, Liliana Cavani, Ridley Scott, Edoardo Winspeare, Marco Turco, Francesco Bruni, Paolo Virzì, Marco Bellocchio, Daniele Vicari, Stefano Mordini, Ludovico Di Martino, and Sidney Sibilia. European revelation in 2002 at the Berlin Film Festival, in the same year he was awarded the Golden Globe by the foreign press and the De Sica Prize. Winner of the Nastro d’Argento in 2003 for La meglio gioventù and the Premio Fellini for artistic excellence in 2010, he was also awarded the Premio Gianmaria Volontè in 2012. For his performance in Il capitale umano he received all the major awards of the 2014 season: David di Donatello, Nastro d’Argento and Premio Vittorio Gassman. For the role of Aldo Moro in Esterno notte directed by Marco Bellocchio he was awarded the David di Donatello as Best Actor in a Leading Role, the Elio Petri 2023 Special Award and, for the second time, the Premio Vittorio Gassman at the Bari Film Festival.