Giacomo Abbruzzese is selected by the
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL for the next session of the CINEFONDATION among the
six most promising international director developing their first
feature film. http://www.cinefondation.com/en/sessions
BEST FICTION FILM AWARD for FIREWORKS at Rencontres Cinéma Nature. "The jury wanted to recognize an authentic filmmaker, the quality of the direction and the cinematographic language, the coherent way of filming and a mastery of the rhythm. The film also reminds us that the deadly violence inflicted by an economical and financial system to human communities and their environment can cause an unexpected return of fire"
Born in 1983 in Taranto, Southern Italy. A graduate of Le Fresnoy, his shortfilms were screened at many international festivals including Oberhausen, Viennale, Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Indielisboa, Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, Leeds, Winterthur, Dubai. They were presented at the Cinémathèque française in Paris, in museums like the Macro in Rome or the Mucem in Marseille and broadcasted in several TV-channels (Canal Plus, France 3, Sky Art, SVT). He received many awards including Best Shortfilm at the Torino Film Festival and a mention for Best Shortfilm Director at Nastri d'Argento, the Italian critics' prize.
In 2008 and 2009 he was artistic director of the Palestinian public television and taught screenwriting in the film school of Bethlehem. In 2012 he was artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and invited for the Berlinale Talents. In 2013 he was selected by the Cannes Film Festival for the Cinefondation Residence to develop his first feature film.
Filmography: Stella Maris (27'/2014), This is the way (27'/2014), Fireworks (21'/2011), Archipel (23'/2010), Passing (17'/2007), Droga Party (19'/2006).