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.
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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.