The Jury of the Fifth Edition of the Andaras Traveling Film Festival
Saverio Pesapane graduated in Architecture in 2006. His degree thesis “Lost Highway” is a documentary on the highway system built between Naples and Caserta with the funds allocated by the reconstruction law after the 1981 earthquake.
In 2008 he wrote A Water Tale, a short film included in "Stories on Human Rights", a film made of 22 short films commissioned by the United Nations for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the same year he wrote Aral Citytellers, produced by Art for the World, a documentary on the Aral Sea, shot in Kazakhstan.
In 2009 he wrote Dubai Citytellers, produced by Unicredit & Art, a documentary on neo-slavism, shot in Dubai. Between 2011 and 2012 he wrote and directed It's countryside, a documentary shot in the Nile Valley and Cairo, Egypt, produced by the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale.
In 2013 he won the Solinas Award - Stories for cinema, with Una Buona Ragione.
In 2018 he wrote and produced Yousef, a short film selected at the 2018 Venice Film Festival and winner of the best editing award in the Migrarti category, in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand 2019 International Short Film Festival and selected among the five finalists for the David di Donatello 2019 award. Since 2017 he has been a partner of Premiere Film, a film production and distribution company, which in 2019 was in charge of the executive production of The Nest, a feature film produced by Colorado Film in collaboration with Vision Distribution.
He teaches at NABA, New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan.
Valentina Lodovini is an actress who escapes from labels. Since the beginning she has tried to combine cinema, theater and television.
In 2005 she graduated from the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome and in 2006 she made her debut in the film "L’amico di famiglia" (in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2006) by Paolo Sorrentino. In the same year she participated in Francesca Comencini's film "A casa nostra" (in competition at the Rome Film Fest 2006).
Among her most relevant films there are “La giusta distanza” by Carlo Mazzacurati, “Pornorama” by Marc Routhemund, “Fortapàsc”, by Marco Risi and “Generazione 1000 euro” by Massimo Venier. Thanks to these two interpretations, she was awarded the Ciak d'oro as "Revelation of the year". In 2010 she was the protagonist in "La donna della mia vita" by Luca Lucini and in the Italian blockbuster comedy "Benvenuti al Sud" by Luca Miniero. For the latter interpretation she won the David di Donatello 2011 as Best Supporting Actress.
Moreover, she won the Nastro d’argento for Best Actress for the film "10 giorni con Babbo Natale" by Alessandro Genovesi. Despite the popularity of these successful comedies, she never distanced herself from the artistic commitment of debut films. In fact, she participated in Mario Vitale’s debut film “L’afide e la formica” in 2021, in “La terra delle Donne” by Marisa Vallone and “Conversazione con altre donne” by Filippo Conz in 2022. In 2022 she took part in the main casts of the comedies "Vicini di casa" by Paolo Costella and "I Migliori giorni" by Edoardo Leo and Massimiliano Bruno.
Stage actress and director
She was born in Naples on February 20, 1971. At 18 years old she opened a theater in Naples with some young colleagues and at 21 she won a national competition for comedians, la Zanzara d'oro.
She started working in theater at an early age: first with Mario Martone, then with Cesare Lievi and then permanently with Toni Servillo’s company, for more than 10 years. She was the first actress in Italy to play Sarah Kane's 4:48 Psychosis.
Besides her acting career, she is also a stage director. She was the first in Italy to stage works by Tony Kushner and her husband, Dennis Kelly.
In cinema she has worked with directors such as Antonio Capuano, Silvio Soldini and Paolo Sorrentino; she also co-starred in Matteo Garrone's third film.
She played the role of Sofia Pisanello, the wife of the character played by Roberto Benigni, in Woody Allen's “To Rome with Love”.
In 2022, she participated in the Venice Film Festival with the film 'Amanda', directed by Carolina Cavalli, and toured national theatres with the play 'L’esperimento', which she wrote and she also performed in it.