Stefano Incerti appointed as the new President of the Jury for Controcampo Italiano

Italian director Stefano Incerti will be the new President of the Jury for Controcampo Italiano, after director Roberta Torre’s resignation – due to unexpected personal reasons.

Last year, Stefano Incerti gained much critical and public acclaim with his last film, striking Gorbaciof, at the 67th Venice International Film Festival (where he debuted in 1995 with Il verificatore). Gorbaciof’s success was confirmed at the Toronto International Film Festival and within the international film festival network. The film is about to be released in France, and was sold in several other countries such as Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and Greece.

The Jury of Controcampo Italiano section, as previously announced, also includes screenwriter Aureliano Amadei, winner of the Controcampo Italiano award in 2010 with 20 sigarette (the film also won four David di Donatello and two Nastri d’Argento) and actress Cristiana Capotondi, one of the revelations of Italian cinema in recent years, acclaimed for her performance in La passione by Carlo Mazzacurati, in Competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.

Stefano Incerti was born in Naples in 1965.  An author interested in portraying the most controversial aspects of Italian society on film, often screening them through the personal lives of his characters, he gained much critical acclaim since his first feature film Il Verificatore (1995) was released. The film won the Kodak award for a debut film at the Venice International Film Festival, the David di Donatello for best first-time director, the Globo d’Oro and the Grolla d’Oro for best director. His second full-length film is Prima del tramonto (1999), selected for the Lucerne Film Festival Competition, followed by La vita come viene (2003).  L’uomo di vetro (2007), based on the homonymous novel by Salvatore Parlagreco, was inspired by the personal story of Leonardo Vitale, the first mafia repentant to break the code of silence and cooperate with the law, eventually paying a high price for his brave choice. The film was presented at several major international film festivals, including Taormina, Montreal and Goteborg.

Complici del silenzio (2009), tells the story of Maurizio Gallo, an Italian sports journalist corresponding from Buenos Aires during the 1978 football world cup. Among other important projects, Stefano Incerti directed the episode Il diavolo nella bottiglia of the collective film I vesuviani (in Competition at the Venice International Film Festival in 1997), and realized three medium-length films: L’uomo di carta (1996), presented at the Lucerne Film Festival in the Cineast du present section, Ritratti d’autore: Francesco Rosi (1996) and Stessa rabbia, stessa primavera (2003), which was presented at the 60th  Venice International Film Festival, in the “Nuovi Territori” – medium-length films section.  In 2010, he presented Gorbaciof  Out of Competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, to much critical acclaim.