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 specializes 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 having a cinematic topic 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 2017, a series of experimental documentaries, all of which have been collected by his Vesuvio Project, a series of audiovisual works that in 2018 is concluded with the experimental biopic The Count of Mondragone.
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 an essay-film by realizing an exhaustive 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. In 2018 he has been member of the Cultural Society Fuorinorma, chaired by Adriano Aprà to promote the new Italian cinema. Still 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, CEO of Movie Factory of Rome, for the eighth edition of Biennale College Cinema with a feature-film project called You and Me. Still in the same year, he has worked in tourism’s business at the Archaeological Park of the Appian Way, and in 2020 finishes the writing of his first feature-film (You and Me). Between 2019 and 2020, he realizes an experimental-informative diptych, the first part of which, entitled Amoroma, has been released in 2019.
- Amoroma (Italy 2019, 4K, colour and B&W, 16:9, 7′)
Diptych, part one (2019-)
- Cashmere Revolution (Belgium 2018, HD, colour, 16:9, 2′ 23”)
- Dreams, Sex, and Broken Hearts (Readers’ Letters Tell) (assistant director to
Gianfranco Giagni, Italy 2018, 4K, colour and B&W, varia, 55′)
Extra Doc Festival of Rome (2019)
- Rossellini’s Actuality (in collaboration with
Adriano Aprà, Italy 2018, PowerPoint, colour and B&W, 4:3, 249′)
Fronteira Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental (2018)
- The Count of Mondragone (Italy 2018, HD, colour, sepia and B&W, 16:9, 107′)
- Spot (Italy 2018, HD, colour, 16:9, 1′ 45”)
- 11July2017 (Italy 2017, released in 2018, HD, colour, 16:9, 3′)
- Italia (Italy 2017, HD, colour and B&W, Scope 2.55:1 and 1.52:1 for the repertory, 15′)
- Neverland. A Coda to the Anthem (Italy 2017, HD, colour, 4:3, 14′)
- Vesuvio. An Anthem (Italy 2016/17, HD, colour and B&W, Scope 2.35:1, 58′)
- Capreae. Part I and II plus Coda (Italy 2016, HD, colour and B&W, 1.56:1, 32′)
- Vesuvio. An Announcement (Italy 2016, 4K, still-frame prelude, colour, 16:9, 6′)
Vesuvio Project (2016-2018)
- Monster; or, Bride of Frankenstein (Germany 2016, HD, colour, 1.66:1, 8’/6′)
La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival, market (2017)
- Giorgia (Germany 2016, HD, colour, 16:9, 7′)