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Dario Brunori was born in Cosenza in September 28th, 1977. In 2009, with Vol. 1, he took his first steps into the Italian songwriting universe, under the nickname Brunori SAS, which recalls his small family company as well as the name of last century’s paramilitary corps. The record was awarded the Ciampi prize in 2009 and the Tenco prize in 2010. Two years later, his second album Vol. 2 – Poveri Cristi inaugurated the new label Picicca Dischi, founded together with Simona Marrazzo and Matteo Zanobini. In 2012 he wrote the soundtrack of È nata una star? by Lucio Pellegrini with Rocco Papaleo and Luciana Littizzetto. In 2013 the theater tour Brunori senza baffi started. The tour was performed in trio and reproduced his repertoire plus some covers with a more acoustic and suggestive attitude. In 2014 the album Vol. 3 – Il cammino di Santiago in taxi was published. The album was recorded in a convent in Belmonte Calabro with the Japanese producer Taketo Gohara. Between March and April, Brunori Sas brought to theaters Brunori Srl – a limited liability company – a show that combined music and monologues. In 2015 the TV channel La Effe broadcast A limited liability company, a journey between Rome and the Calabria region, in the company of Neri Marcoré. A casa tutto bene (platinum record) was published in 2017 and awarded the Tenco prize for the Best Song, La verità. In 2018 he ventured into a new theater show: Brunori a teatro – canzoni e monologhi sull’incertezza (songs and monologues on uncertainty). The show is a fine blend of music and brilliant insights, structured on a style that mixes theater, songwriting and stand-up comedy. The TV channel Rai 3 broadcast Brunori Sa: a five- episode program on desires, fears, and apparent contradictions of the in-between generation, the one the songwriter belongs to. In 2018, July 22nd, the song L’uomo nero won the Amnesty International Italia award. He starred as a guest at the Sanremo Festival 2019, together with The Zen Circus.
Born in 1942.
Director, scriptwriter, designer, animator and producer of animated films, graphic and painting artist.
From 1961 to 1967 Jerzy Kucia studied painting, graphic arts and animated film at the Academy of Fine arts in Krakow under Professors Wacław Taranczewski, Konrad Srzednicki,
Włodzimierz Kunz. After the graduation his artistic activities concentrated on printmaking and painting. He participated in over 150 exhibitions and received many awards.
Jerzy Kucia’s debut was the animated film “Return” in 1972.
His film work focuses mainly on personal films characterized by the special language of the message.
He’s also an academic teacher. Professor Jerzy Kucia was the head of the Animated Film Studio at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts since 1980 until 2013. He has been invited to lecture in Vancouver, London, Munster, Ljubljana, Bombay, Vienna, Lisbon, Singapore, Bogota, Taipei etc…
Since 1996 he has been running the annual International Krakow Animated Film Workshops organized for young artists from all over the world. In 2019, the Workshop will take place in the month of September.
From 1985 until 2000, during his subsequent terms of office, he was a member of the ASIFA BOARD (Association Internationale du Film D’Animation). He is a member of the Board of Polish Filmmakers Association and the Chairman of the Animated Film Section.
Mimmo Cuticchio is the natural heir and a brilliant interpreter of the Opera dei Pupi (Puppet Theatre), a tradition from Palermo. He was capable of innovating an art that seemed doomed to unavoidable decline, and has become one of the most outstanding voices of the Italian contemporary theater.
Cuticchio picked up the legacy of his father Giacomo, who had opened his first theater in Palermo in 1933, and started in the 70’s his own activity as puppeteer and performer with his travelling shows. In 1977 he founded the Cuticchio Figli d’Arte Association and, along with the care for the ancient art of the ‘cunto’ – the oral narration of heroic deeds – he began a relentless work of reinvention of the tradition. His devotion undeniably contributed to the UNESCO recognition of the Puppet Theater as oral and immaterial heritage of humanity.
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Both a writer and a journalist, he is particularly interested in the comics and animation cinema. He’s one of the most important journalists of Repubblica and Il Venerdì, he writes the coloumn ‘Nuvolette’ for Lanciostory. His essay ‘Le anime disegnate, I pensieri nei cartoon da Disney ai giapponesi e oltre’, re-published in 2018 by Tunuè, is the most successful book on animation (it was first published by Castelvecchio in 1994). In 2009 he also published ‘Tratti e ritratti, i grandi personaggi del fumetto da Alan Ford a Zagor’ with Minimumfax. He’s been the artistic director of Castelli Animati, of Romics and of Città Incantata, the meeting of the illustrators who save the world. He is a publishing consultant and the author of the introductions to the comics books published by Repubblica. This year he was the curator of ‘Gulp! Goal! Ciak!’ in Torino, about comics and cinema at the Cinema Museum and about comics and football at the Juventus Museum. One of his songs, Ninna Pa’, has been recorded by Mina.
Born in Pesaro in 1978, she’s been defined by Goffredo Fofi “an elegant and dreamy head of a houseold of illustrators from the most worthy Scuola d’Arte of Urbino”. After graduating at the Scuola del Libro, she devoted herself to illustration. Her poetic drawings have appeared in books from the main publishing companies in Italy. She’s cooperated with several newspapers and magazines, such as ‘Il Manifesto’, ‘Lo straniero’, ‘Diario’, ‘Carta’, ‘Internazionale’. She’s worked both in publishing and advertisment in the USA. She’s received several prestigious awards at national and international illustration festivals and she’s been the protagonist of solo shows. She’s been a teacher of ‘Illustration techinques for the publishing industry’ at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna. Currently, she’s teaching animation cinema at the ISIA Art School of Urbino. For the cinema industry, she’s illustrated the poster of A sud di Pavese by Matteo Bellizzi and Lazzaro felice by Alice Rohrwacher.
She’s a book illustrator. She was born in Pesaro and she studied illustration at the Scuola del Libro of Urbino. She works with several Italian and foreign publishers. She’s represented Italy at the Biennal of Illustrations Bratislava twice (2005, 2009). She won the ‘Scarpetta d’Oro’ international illustration award in 2000. She’s won the Andersen Star Prize with the illustration of La Portinaia di Apollonia by Lia Levi, published by Orecchio Acerbo (2006). She’s published Il Libro Re Lear in France by Milan Jeunesse (L’Espresso, 2011), translated in severl countries, like China, England and Brazil. She’s worked with the director Nicola Sorcinelli on Helena. For the ‘Impronte Femminili’ festival she’s created the play Tutte le donne di Emanuela. She teaches Illustration at the Acca and at Comics and draws for La Lettura.