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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - 20.28 july

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 2018

A tribute to the professional, artistic, and spiritual life of Franco Tiano, a complexed and articulated personality known as “l’africano” (the African) due to his olive skin complexion, which he took from his beloved mother, who had initiated him to the world of folklore. The re-discovery of the Festa della Madonna delle Galline and part of the rituals which are today used in its celebrations, taking place every year in Pagani starting on Holy Friday, have been attributed to his efforts.

Original Title L'AFRICANO
Italian Title L'AFRICANO
Category Out of competition
Section Masterclass Music & Radio
Tipology Documentary, Feature Film
Duration 53'
Production Year 2018
Nationality Italy
Directed by Laura Mandolesi Ferrini
Based on an idea by Brigida Civale, Santino Desiderio, Gerardo Ferraioli, Aldo Padovano
Director of photography Gaetano Del Mauro
Editor Roberto Mencherini
Music Santino Desiderio, Alessandro D'Aniello, Giuseppe Desiderio, Sharon Viola
Main cast Cristina Donadio
Peppe Barra
Eugenio Bennato
Pietra Montecorvino
Isa Danieli
Marcello Colasurdo
Teresa De Sio
Ugo Maiorano
Angelo “o’ Capitano” Picone
Luca “Joe” Petrosino

 regista Laura Mandolesi FerriniLAURA MANDOLESI FERRINI
Born in Rome, Laura Mandolesi Ferrini is a RAI journalist and director. From 1983 to 1984, she worked for ‘La Compagnia del Momento’, Daniela Boensch’s movement-theatre company. In 1988, she earned a Degree in Literature, with a minor in ethnography, (University La Sapienza of Rome), followed by a D.E.A. diploma (Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies) in Film, TV, and Audiovisual (Paris X-Nanterre University) in 1990. She has worked for RAI since 1993, currently working for Rainews24. In 2013, she received a diploma in Garden Design from the Quasar Institute in Rome. In 2015, her project BORDER LINE, produced in collaboration with Terra In-Colta Association, received a special mention at Festival del Verde e del Paesaggio, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma. As an independent filmmaker, she conducted a field research for over 10 years on the Neapolitan music and oral folklore scene. She has produced seven documentaries, three of which shot on 16mm film. Four of her documentaries featured Franco Tiano, winning national and international awards and accolades.


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