"I believe that photography is an adaptation of vision to a spiritual necessity - the eye forms an image which in its turn, through its inmost resonances, refocuses and transforms the gaze itself" (Cesare Bedognè)
Cesare Bedogné is an Italian photographer, film-maker and writer. He graduated with honours in Mathematics with a thesis on Minkovski Spacetime, the geometrical theory at the basis of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. In the course of his studies he also deepened his interest for the visual arts, with particular attention to cinema and photography, and in the early '90's he set up his first darkroom in the Netherlands, where he had joined his girl-friend Monique. In that period, attempting to capture "the gaze in its pure state", he concentrated on the Innerscapes series, focusing on "the strange moments when interior and exterior, the eye and the things looked at, seem to dissolve one in another". After the loss of Monique, due to leukemia (1998), he returned to Italy and started working at the Broken Images series (a quote from T.S.Eliot) in a deserted Sanatorium of the Italian Alps, where he recognized his "personal landscape of desolation, stilled in a frozen twilight: the mysterious bareness where the soul, alone, returns to itself".
Starting from the late '90's his black and white prints have been exhibited, solo and in group shows, in multiple art galleries and museums worldwide.
In 2009 he moved to Greece, living in a remote Cretan hamlet, and writing also became one his privileged means of expression. He published to date an autobiographical novel ("Beyond the Blue") and three collections of poems and short stories. Together with pictures included in his photo-book "Of Ashes and Wind", the novel, a recollection of his Dutch years until their tragic end, was at the basis of his first film, "Story of an Empty Theatre", which he co-directed in 2015/2016 with the Russian film-maker Aleksandr Balagura.
He later moved to Lesvos' western barren edge, where he worked at the experimental films “Maria’s Silence” and “The Last Step of an Acrobat”. All these works won numerous awards internationally and have been screened in prestigious film festivals such as Montecatini International Short Film Festival, "L'Europe Autour de l'Europe" Film Festival in Paris, Harlem International Film Festival in New York, Cinemistica Film Festival in Granada, AMIIWorkFest in Vilnius (organized by Inkubatorius, where he won the Best Feature Film Award in 2018 with "Maria's Silence" and the following year the Best Film Award with "The Last Step of an Acrobat"), Concrete Dream Film Festival in Los Angeles (a festival focused on Avant-Garde cinema where he won in 2018 the Best Film Award - Philippe Mora Medal - with "Maria's Silence") and many others.
Further information is available on the artist's web-sites:
www.cesarebedogne.com
www.cesarebedogne.it
In July 2021 he completed a new short film entitled “Photographing New York", inspired by his homonymous poem. This experimental documentary had its world premiere in Vienna in November 2021 at the 6th edition of the prestigious Art Visuals & Poetry Film Festival (the second world's largest Festival of its kind) and has also been screened at the 75° Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Salerno and again at the 16° L'Europe autour de l'Europe Film Festival in Paris.
He recently completed (March 2022) another experimental short entitled "Lost Images".
Cesare Bedognè currently lives in Genoa, Italy, where - together with Aleksandr Balagura - is the founder of Flight/Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Genova, a festival focused on cinema as an art form and on innovative languages.
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Photographing New York
POETRY FILM FESTIVAL
Los Angeles
2022
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
L'Europe autour de l'Europe
Paris
2022
Official Selection
Photographing New York
75° FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DEL CINEMA DI SALERNO
Salerno
2021
Official Selection
Photographing New York
6th Art Visuals & Poetry Film Festival
Vienna
2021
Official Selection
Photographing New York
16th L'Europe autour de l'Europe Film Festival
Paris
2021
Film and Photography exhibition
The Last Step of an Acrobat
La Galerie Philosophique
Grandson
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Athens International Digital Film Festival
Athens
2021
Film and Photography exhibition
Maria's Silence
La Galerie Philosophique
Grandson
2021
BEST TIME AWARD
Maria's Silence
Timeless Awards Film Festival
Wroclav
2021
BEST FILM
The Last Step of an Acrobat
AMII WorkFest 2019
Vilnius
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Cinemistica Film Festival 2019
Granada
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Scandinavian International Film Festival 2019
Helsinki
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Last Step of an Acrobat
L’Europe autour de l’Europe 14e édition
Paris
2019
Photography and VideoArt Exhibition
Maria's Silence
Natura e Sogno
Roma
2019
14th season BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Maria's Silence
Virgin Spring Cinefest
Calcutta
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Cinemistica Film Festival 2018
Granada
2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
69th Montecatini International Short Film Festival
Montecatini
2018
BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE
Maria's Silence
AMIIWorkFest 2018
Vilnius
2018
BEST FILM (Philippe Mora Award for Avant-Garde Cinematography))
Maria's Silence
Concrete Dream Film Festival 2018
Los Angeles
2018
Photography and Film-Making Retrospective Exhibition
Maria's Silence
Italian Institute of Culture, Athens, Greece (2018)
Athens
2018
SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY
Story for an Empty Theatre
Innuendo Film Festival
Milano
2018
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Story for an Empty Theatre
New Renaissance Film Festival Amsterdam
Amsterdam
2018
BEST EDITING, CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
Story for an Empty Theatre
6th Mumbai Short Film Festival
Mumbai
2017
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Story for an Empty Theatre
Maracay International Film Festival
Maracay
2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Story for an Empty Theatre
London Greek Film Festival
London
2017
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Story for an Empty Theatre
Coral Coast Film Festival
Alghero
2017
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Story for an Empty Theatre
Eastern NC Film Festival
Winterville
2017
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM (ex-aequo)
Story for an Empty Theatre
The Great Indian Film and Literature Festival
Gurgaon
2016
Official Selection
Photographing New York
Bloomsday Film Festival
Dublin
Official Selection
Photographing New York
International World Photography Awards
BEST SHORT FILM
Photographing New York
Literature in Cinema
Buenos Aires
BEST POETRY FILM
Photographing New York
TIMELESS AWARDS
Wroclaw
Official Selection
Photographing New York
5th NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Amsterdam
Official Selection
Photographing New York
8th ON THE ROAD FILM FESTIVAL
Roma
Out of Competition
Photographing New York
RIBALTA FILM FESTIVAL
Vignola
Official Selection
Photographing New York
Fotogenia Film Festival
Mexico City
Official Selection
Photographing New York
International Art Film Festival
London
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Photographing New York
Monologues & Poetry International Film Festival
Official Selection
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Postales a Lumière - Itinerant Exhibition of Contemporary Cinema
Itinerant Festival
Official Selection
The Last Step of an Acrobat
2nd Kerala Short Film Festival
Munnar
Honorable Mention
The Last Step of an Acrobat
The Last Howl Film Festival
London
Official Selection
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Amsterdam International film Festival
Amsterdam
MOVIE CRITIC AWARD
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Sipontum Arthouse International Film Festival
Manfredonia
Honorable Mention of the Jury
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Emerald Peakock Film Festival
Sint Petersburg
Best Art Direction, Best Director of Photography
The Last Step of an Acrobat
New Age Cinema &Scripts
Bombay
Official Selection
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Bizarrya Short Film Fest
Porto
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Tagore Film Festival
Bolpur
BEST SHORT EXPERIMENTAL
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Metropolis Film Festival
Milano
BEST EXPERIMENTAL/ART FILM, BEST LEAD ACTRESS, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST EDITING
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Pure Magic Film Festival
Amsterdam
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Last Step of an Acrobat
INDIAN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL "CINEMASCOPE AWARDS 2021"
Kolkata
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Indies Movies Spark Film Festival
Utrecht
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Illambra Film Festival 2019
Berlin
OFFICIAL SELECTION
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Les Rimbaud du Cinema 2019
Charleville
BEST EDITING, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Roma Prisma Film Awards 2019
Roma
HONORABLE MENTION FOR EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Il Varco Short Film Festival 2020
Pescara
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Festival de Largos y Cortos de Santiago del Chile 2019
Santiago del Chile
SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY
The Last Step of an Acrobat
NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2019
AMSTERDAM
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
The Last Step of an Acrobat
Cult Critic Movie Awards 2019
Calcutta
Official Selection
Maria's Silence
West Side Mountains Doc Fest
Official Selection
Maria's Silence
Frozen Film Festival
San Francisco
Official Selection
Maria's Silence
IMMAGINA Florence Film Festival
Firenze
Honorable Mention
Maria's Silence
Synsapalum Film Festival
Amsterdam
Official Selection
Maria's Silence
Stanley Film Awards
London
Official Selection
Maria's Silence
Berlin Art Film Festival
Berlin
Official Selection
Maria's Silence
Festival de cortometrajes de Europa
Barcelona
Official Selection
Maria's Silence
Cambio IFF
Istanbul
Jury Special Award - Best Experimental Short
Maria's Silence
Europe Film Festival
London
Official Selection
Maria's Silence
31st Mediawave - Another Connection FF
Kiscsősz
Official Selection
Maria's Silence
Amsterdam Short Film Festival
Amsterdam
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Maria's Silence
Luis Bunuel Memorial Awards
Calcutta
FILM OF THE MONTH AWARD, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
Maria's Silence
Sipontum Arthouse International Film Festival
Manfredonia
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Maria's Silence
Swedish International Film Festival
Arvika
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Maria's Silence
Indie Movies Spark Film Festival
Utrecht
HONORABLE MENTION
Maria's Silence
Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival
Tokyo
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Swedish International Film Festival
Arvika
HONORABLE MENTION OF THE JURY
Maria's Silence
Masters of Cinema
Moscow
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Maria's Silence
Pure Magic International Film Festival
Amsterdam
HONORABLE MENTION
Maria's Silence
Deep Focus Film Frestival
Brooklyn (New York)
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
RAGFF 2020
New York
Photography and VideoArt Exhibition
Maria's Silence
OGA Videoart Exhibition 2019
Rome
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
London Greek Film Festival 2019
London
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
New Vision Film Festival 2019
Amsterdam
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Maria's Silence
New York Cinematography AWARDS 2021
New York
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
New Wave Motion Film Festival 2020
Hong Kong
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Berlin Revolution Film Festival 2020
Berlin
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR AWARD
Maria's Silence
Vertigo Film Festival 2020
Milano
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Harlem International Film Festival 2019
New York
HONORABLE MENTION FOR EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA
Maria's Silence
Il Varco Short Film Festival 2019
Pescara
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Maria's Silence
European Cinematography Awards 2019
Amsterdam
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
AVIFF CAnnes Art Film Festival 2019
Cannes
BEST DIRECTOR EXPERIMENTAL
Maria's Silence
Aphrodite Film Festival 2019
New York
BEST OF FEST, BEST EDITING, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Maria's Silence
Pollino Film Festival 2018
Pollino
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival 2018
Istanbul
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Nuovo Festival del Cinema di Alghero 2018
Alghero
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Amazing Shorts 2018
Madrid
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Foggia International Film Festival 2018
Foggia
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Maria's Silence
Santorini Film Festival 2018
Santorini
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
BIDEODROMO BILBAO 2018, International Experimental Film Festival
Bilbao
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Norwegian Seagull International Short Film Festival 2018
Haugesund
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FEATURE
Maria's Silence
FICCSUR 2018
Valparaìso
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
One Shot Short Film Festival 2018 (Film Without Limits section), Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art
Yerevan
BEST EDITING
Maria's Silence
Rome Independent Prisma Film Awards 2018
Roma
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Maria's Silence
Beijing International Short Film Festival 2017
Beijing
Official Selection
Story for an Empty Theatre
Interdoc Fest
Moscow
Official Selection
Story for an Empty Theatre

Cinematic European Film Festival
Official Selection
Story for an Empty Theatre

Roma Outcast Film Festival
Best Experimental/Art Film, Best Cinematography, Best Leading Actress (awarded to Maria Frepoli)
Story for an Empty Theatre
Popcorn Joy Film Festival
Rotterdam
BEST DOCUMENTARY, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST EDITING
Story for an Empty Theatre
Indies Movies Spark Film Festival
Utrecht
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FEATURE
Story for an Empty Theatre
Pure Magic Film Festival
Amsterdam
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Story for an Empty Theatre
Switzerland International Film Festival 2017
BEST ITALIAN DOCUMENTARY
Story for an Empty Theatre
Roma Cinema DOC (September 2017 edition)
Roma
Nomination Best Italian Film
Story for an Empty Theatre
Canada's World International Film Festival 2017
KODIAK AWARD
Story for an Empty Theatre
Alaska International Film Festival 2018
Anchorage
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM (November 2016)
Story for an Empty Theatre
Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
College
University of Pavia
110/110 with honors
Birth Date
October 29, 1968
Current City
Genova
"I believe that photography is an adaptation of vision to a spiritual necessity - the eye forms an image which in its turn, through its inmost resonances, refocuses and transforms the gaze itself" (Cesare Bedognè)