Andrea Bocelli: Because I Believe

feature documentary directed by Cosima Spender to be released 2024 on his 30th anniversary and including unique access to his world, and footage, the story of the rise to success of the world's best loved tenor, filmed on location in Tuscany and America

  • Cosima Spender
    Palio, Sampa
  • Jan Younghusband
  • Andrea Bocelli
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Italian
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Sierra/Affinity
    Sales Agent
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Cosima Spender

Cosima Spender was born and grew up in Siena in an English artists’ family.
Cosima moved to England at fourteen. Following a university degree (BA 1st Class Hons) in anthropology and art history at the University of London, Cosima graduated from the UK National Film and Television School’s Documentary direction course in 2001.

Cosima’s latest series, THE GYMNASTS (Corpo Libero) is a 6 part fiction series she has directed for Paramount Plus Italy. Cosima has directed the 5 part documentary series SANPA, Sins of the Savior, as a Netflix Originals- the critically acclaimed first Italian doc series for Netflix. SANPA won a Nastro Argento for best documentary in 2021. It portrays the beginnings of the biggest rehab commune in Europe, San Patrignano, and its charismatic but controversial leader, Vincenzo Muccioli.

In 2015, Cosima's film PALIO was theatrically distributed in the UK and shown at twenty film festivals. It was awarded Best Editing at Tribeca film festival. It was broadcast on BBC and Netflix. It is available on Amazon Prime.

Cosima's film WITHOUT GORKY on her great grandfather, Arshile Gorky, the Abstract Expressionist painter, was acquired by BBC Storyville and Netflix and screened at many festivals including MoMa documentary fortnight.

She has directed several other documentaries for BBC Storyville that were sold internationally (DOLCE VITA AFRICANA, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ELEGANT). Dolce Vita Africana, a portrait on the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, is available on BBC iPlayer.

Cosima is represented by Lara Sackett at CAA.

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