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Rome / Italiano

Andrea De Sica

October 13, 2011

The talented up-and-coming Roman director talks about his love of documentary filmmaking

  • Text by Satellite Voices

Guest feature by Giulia Ruberti

Andrea De Sica was surely fed cinema in his mother’s womb, it’s almost impossible to talk to Andrea without him mentioning some movie. Having being brought up in this industry – his grandfather, Vittorio De Sica, was one of the leading figures of the Neorealismo Italiano – he couldn’t be doing anything else than making films.

Satellite Voices: In contrast with most of your peers and with those who believe that the Italian movie industry is dying, you’ve decided to study and work in Rome, why? 
Andrea De Sica: I studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, a school in Rome that gives the possibility to a selected group of students to work in the cinema industry without paying any fee. This is really important. I’m against the fashion of living abroad, this myth that everything is better outside of Italy. What’s vital – in cinema in particular - is to come up with different ideas and to have the possibility of developing them and your personality, regardless of where you’re living.

SV: Did you start working immediately after you finished studying?
Andrea De Sica: 
Yes, I had the chance of working as an assistant to some great directors as Vincenzo Marra, Bernardo Bertolucci and Ferzan Ozpetek. Then I started focusing on my own stuff, especially short movies and documentaries. Documentaries are one of the things I am most passionate about. It’s a cheap way of making something really interesting. Each documentary is a trip, at the beginning you have really little information - you just have an idea - then you travel, you meet people... Your listening capabilities and your humbleness are really put to the test.

SV: What is your aim?
Andrea De Sica: My ambition is to make cinema. Although I still believe that a great movie can be considered such when it includes something of the documentary. The same is true vice versa. The perfect example is Martin Scorsese’s "Casino".

SV: What's a documentary we should all see?
Andrea De Sica: "The White Diamond" by Werner Herzog. It’s amazing how Herzog from almost nothing creates something exceptional. He is the living proof that it is possible to stay free and still cultivate some great ambitions. You should also check David Lynch’s "Interview Project", a 70 day road trip across the United States where people are interviewed about their lives. Very different from the repetitive stuff filmmakers are proposing today.

SV: And a younger director you find interesting at the moment?
Andrea De Sica: Yes, Nicolas Winding Refn. The Pusher Trilogy is great, you can check out the American trailer. I love his style, so raw and in contrast with Hollywood’s boring tendency towards aestheticisation.

SV: What have you been working on lately?
Andrea De Sica: I’ve been working on an episode of "La Storia Siamo Noi" entitled “Città dell’Uomo” on Adriano Olivetti, an extremely innovative and inspiring figure, one of the few who succeeded in reconciling business and idealism. It will be aired soon on Rai 2. 

SV: And djing? I’ve been to a few of your parties… is music another passion of yours?
Andrea De Sica: Yes. I started DJing for fun, just to make my friends listen to the music I liked. But you know what? I actually make much more money this way!

You can check some of Andrea’s works on: www.vimeo.com/andreadesica.

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