In the late 70's he started a distribution company which released films such as Andrzej Wajda's Man of Marble and Wenders' Im Lauf der Zeit. Then he worked as agent for American independent producer-filmmakers, such as John Sayles, Susan Seidelman, Jim Jarmusch and the like. He played a small role in John Sayles's Academy Award nominated Matewan.
His credits as writer-director include six feature films which have been successful at home and have been shown in festivals such as Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Toronto, Hong Kong, where they won various awards. He is the only Italian director to have been invited twice to Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival. Tutti giù per terra won the Best Actor's Prize at Locarno '97.
He is also a noted documentarist. His trilogy about the partisan war in Correggio is very popular and so are his collaborations with the rock group CSI. In 1991 he researched, coproduced, edited and directed American Supermarket, a six part tv series about the golden age of American consumerism which has been sold to more than 20 countries all over the world.
In 1994 he wrote Dissolvenza al nero (Fade to Black), a novel which wittily combines true historical facts with a thrilling fiction revolving around Orson Welles's stay in Rome in 1948. The book won the Hemingway Award and was translated in many languages. The rights have been acquired by London-based Dakota Films for a major production scripted by John Sayles..
Sternly independent, he also runs his own production company to grant complete control and freedom on the making of his projects.
He is a voting member of the European Film Academy.
Davide Ferrario Facts
|June 26, 1956 (67)