Artur Aristakisyan

He is the author of cult films like Palms and Un Posto sulla Terra (distribuited in dvds in Italy from Raro Video) and professor in the prestigious Moscow School of New Cinema. Artur Arsistakisyan is often definited as an author of changes which make works outside the canons of the aesthetic of the “bel cinema”. Artur was born in Kishinev, in Moldov in 1961 and he studied at the Moscow Film School (VGIK), where he took lessons behind the curtains. For 4 years he worked hard to complete his first work Palms, which won the Nika, given by the academy of cinematographic art for the best documentary of 1994, together with many other prizes.

His artistic streak can be interpreted as an exploration of borders activity outside a definite genre, always between documentary and fiction, between flows of imagines and narration.

While Palms is a trip into the human misery with with a special look to the people excluded, the  feature film “Un Posto sulla Terra” explores the attempt to build an utopic community based on love, the donations of themselves, in just one community body. The 2nd. 3rd and 4th of July, Arsistakisyan will be the guest of the Sardinia Film Festival in Alghero, where he will meet the audiance talking about the contemporary russian cinema and in particular of his way to make cinema

Andrej Sergeevič Michalkov-Končalovskij

Končalovskij  is a Screenwriter, director and productor. He was born in Moscow in 1937. He was  from a  family of artists (the father is the writer Sergej Michalkov and his brother is the director Nikita Michalkov) and became himself an important exponent of the russian cinematic background.  When he was young,  he was supposed to become a musician. He followed his passion for cinema and he attended  the school directed by Michail Romm where he met Andrej Tarkovskij.They realized together the film “Ivan’s childhood”started as a screenwriter then he made short films, He was awarded for “The Guy and The Dove” at the International Film Festival in Venice. In 1971 the turning point. He made the multiawarded “Uncle Vanja” and he started to be noticed in by the cinematografic reality in the Urss. In the 80’s another turning point: he  moved to the United States of America. There he worked on international successful films like “Tango & Cash” and “30 Seconds to the End”. He then  back to Russia to direct “Asja and the Chicken with Golden Eggs”. In 2014 he won the prize ”Leone D’Argento”or the best director at the exibition of cinema in Venice with “The Postman’s White Nights”. Two years later he  came back again with Paradise.

Roberto Perpignani

Considered one of the biggest cinematographics editors , he worked on 150 either italians and foreigners films, that made him work with Alfred Hitchcock too. After several studies on child psychology, and the love for paint, Perpignani’s debut in the cinema world arrived in 1962 next to Orson Welles as assistant editor. Between 1964 and 1970 heworked with Bernardo Bertolucci ( among the works , there is “Last Tango in Paris”) and, since 1969, he started a fruitful partnership  with the brothers  Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. For them, he realized the editing of differnt films. Among these, there is Padre padrone, inspired by the namesake book of Gavino Ledda. Since 1976 he has been teaching  editing  in the cinematography skunkworks and he is one of the representative professors of the National School of Cinema. He is responsable even of the Italian Federation of the Cinema Teachers Associations and of the audiovisual (Fidac). The Taormina film fest since 2005 and the Bif&st of Bari since 2009 have been giving a prize named after Perpignani for the best editor. For the 2018 Sardinia Film Festival in Sassari, heis going to do a Master Class of editing.

Cecilia Mangini

Cecilia Mangini is the first Italian woman to realize documentary after the Civil War and free voice of the cinema, She was born in Bari in 1927: her father was Apulian and her mother was Tuscan.   When she was 6 years old,  she moved to Florence and since she was very young, she started tobe interested n cinema and photography.Her debut as a film critic was followed   by an intense activity with her husband, Lino Del Fra, and also in co-operation with Pier Paolo Pasolini. She made some documentary works about the city outskirts and the social control of menial groups. The socials disasters derived from the economic boom are part of the goals of her movie camera, so themes about sexuality and Abortion Act. She faced the thematic ones with the great poetry. In 2009 the NodoDoc Festival of Trieste showed her figure and her work.Since  2012 Cecilia has been one of the committee of advisory and representation by Diari periodic of Cineclub. In 2012 she came back to directing after more than 40 years. She went to Taranto to tell and to support the demonstrations against the pollution produced by the local steel industry, making the documentary “In trip with Cecilia”.

Aleksandr Petrov

Aleksandr Petrov (Preistoe, district of Jaroslavl’, Russia, 1957), director,designer,animator and screenwriter, graduated from the Art Institute of Jaroslavl, and then from the Cinematographic Institute VGIK of Moscow, under the leadership of Ivan Ivanov-Vano, one of the undisputed masters of the sovietic animation.
He worked as a designer at Armeniafilm Studies and at Sverdlovsk, and then  specialised further in the degree courses for screenwriter and directors (VKSR) with Fëdor Chitruk, Juri Norštejn and Garri Bardin. Since his debut in Petrov direction, he used a particular technic   of oil painting on glass, which he perfected more and more, it became the distinctive mark of his works. Award-winning in several international festivals and nominated many times for the Award Academy, in 2000 he obtained  the Oscar with “the old man and the see”, realized in Cananda.
Currently he lives and works in Jaroslavl’, seat of his Panorama production company.