Vesuvio-Project

"Vesuvio-Project" is introduced by this experimental season consisting of a still-frame prelude, "An Announcement", and a modern idyll, "Capreae", as well as an audiovisual "Anthem" with coda, "Neverland", which are followed by an essay, "Italia", with fragment, "11July2017", and completed by a documentary, "Mondragone", preceded by a brief "Spot".

  • Antonio Annunziata
    Director
    Monster; or, Bride of Frankenstein
  • Antonio Annunziata
    Writer
    Monster; or, Bride of Frankenstein
  • Antonio Annunziata
    Cinematographer
  • Antonio Annunziata
    Editor
    Rossellini's Actuality
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 55 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Antonio Annunziata

Antonio Annunziata (Munich, 1987) lives and works in Rome. In 2015 he graduates in Comparative Literature, Theatre and Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), with a thesis on the Poetics of Revolutionary Storycism Around 1800, and specialises in History and Theory of Cinema at the Institute of Theatre, and Philosophy of History at the Department of Philosophy. From his first term of studies onwards, he works as Tutor of French Letters for LMU’s Department of Romance Studies, and conducts two seminars with cinematic topics at LMU’s Institute of Comparative Literature. Still a student, between 2012 and 2013 he translates and edits, in collaboration with Elisabeth Zoja, the poems’ book One Year Spoken Out of the Night by Peter Handke for Moretti & Vitali.

Having graduated, he chooses to start an autodidactic career as cinema director, and in 2016 shoots his first experimental short-movie, Monster; or, Bride of Frankenstein, which proposes a new method of presenting a fashion collection by focusing on the image of woman rather than commercializing a specific product. The short-movie enters the market of the VIII La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival 2017, the world’s largest market dedicated to audiovisual fashion products, but is out of competition. He continues with experimentation in search for a digital aesthetic by shooting, between 2016 and 2018, a series of experimental documentaries, all of which have been collected by his Vesuvio-Project.

He has worked as translator and subtitler for cinema diffusion, and collaborated with Adriano Aprà by editing the cinema magazine Quaderni del CSCI 2018, and developing a PowerPoint’s concept as essay-film by creating a comprehensive overview of Roberto Rossellini’s œuvre. The PowerPoint Rossellini’s Actuality has been premiered at the IV Fronteira Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental 2018. Still in 2018, he has been member of the Cultural Society Fuorinorma, chaired by Adriano Aprà to promote the new Italian cinema. In the same year, he is assistant director to Gianfranco Giagni for the documentary Dreams, Sex, and Broken Hearts (Readers’ Letters Tell) produced by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà. Furthermore, he directs the crowdfunding campaign Cashmere Revolution for his sister Maddalena Annunziata’s new brand, which accomplishes the prefixed goal of collecting 20.000 €.

In 2019 he applies, in collaboration with Francesco Paolo Montini, owner of Movie Factory of Rome, for the eighth edition of Biennale College Cinema with a feature-film project called You and Me, and works in tourism’s business at the Archaeological Park of the Appian Way. In 2021 he finishes writing his first feature-film (You and Me, unpublished), releases online the 2021-Cut of his Vesuvio-Project, and an experimental-informative Diptych shot between 2019 and 2021 including the titles Amoroma (2019) and Europe (2020-2021).

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Director Statement

This project has been shot from 2016-2018, and finally cut in 2021. It is intended as experimental season introducing the unique universe of the Vesuvian territory.