VENEZIA : 62ma MOSTRA DEL CINEMAGiuseppe Avati, Pupi in art, DiAntonio older brother, writer and producer, was born in Bologna November 3, 1938.
After graduating from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Bologna in principle try a career in the world of jazz as a clarinetist: 1959-1962 is part of the Doctor Dixie Jazz Band, but they surrendered after entry into the band of Lucio Dalla as revealed in a interview:
“My dream was to become a great jazz clarinetist. But one day in our orchestra came Lucio Dalla. At first I did not worry too much, because it seemed to me a very modest musician. But then showed a ductility, a predisposition, a genius in unexpected: I was silenced, silenced, cornered. I at one point I even thought of killing him, knocking him down from the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, because it was put in the middle between me and my dream. »
In the next four years, which will describe how the ugliest years of his life, working as a representative of Findus frozen foods.
After viewing the film 8 ½ by Federico Fellini, from which remains impressed in 1968 by a mysterious entrepreneur gets funding to shoot two films proudly provincial grotesque horror: Balsamus, the man of Satan, the tragic story of a dwarf and imaginative and its strange powers. Followed a few years later La Mazurka of the Baron of the holy fig tree and Boron (1975), with Ugo Tognazzi and Paolo Villaggio, The House of the Laughing Windows (1976), another horror of a good standard which over the years has become a real cult movie for fans of horror cinema, and the musical Bordella (1976) with Gigi Proietti, censored output.
With A school trip (1983), the story of an award-trip for a group of high school students, Pupi Avati definitely puts in place his personal style, minimalist and intimate, it will become a constant in his next production. This is how Graduation Party (1984), a comedy with bitter Carlo Delle Piane, three of us (1984), special prize for the technical values in Venice, Christmas Present (1986), a poker game full of suspense and small glimpses of life in the provinces, and history of boys and girls (1989), David di Donatello for Best Screenplay.
In 1991, Avati runs in America Bix Beiderbecke biography of Leon, one of the few white jazzman, and a year later directs Brothers and sisters, bitter reflection on the loss of the values and ideals of a confused youth.
In 1993 in Cannes presents his most ambitious film, Magnificat, then brings the big schermoL’amico childhood (1994), The arcane enchanter (1996) and Festival (1996). After the groomsmen (1997), with Diego Abatantuono and a novice Inès Sastre, Avati directed The Way of the Angels (1999), set in the early twentieth century by the Emilian countryside, The knights who did the firm (2000), taken from one of his novels, and a Heart Elsewhere (2002), the story elegant and whispered between a shy and awkward young teacher and a beautiful girl and unscrupulous who lost his sight in an accident. In 2004 it was the turn instead of Revenge of Christmas, almost twenty years later sequel to the film about poker players with Abatantuono. Avati continues in the years to give us his minimalist cinematic universe made of stories with characters often proiettat nostalgically to the past, as in When the girls arrive? (2004) or The Second Wedding Night (2005). In 2008 he returned to the cinema (and the Venice Film Festival) with the film Giovanna’s Father. Atmosphere and age are the preferred choice of the director: his Bologna and Emilia, in the thirties.
In 2011 he presented in competition at the Rome Film Festival the film The Mighty Heart of the girls, with the participation of Micaela Ramazzotti and singer Cesare Cremonini. In 2012, he directs his new fiction with Christian De Sica titled “A Wedding” which will go on air on Rai Uno. Presides the Federico Fellini Foundation, born in 1995 in memory of the great director of Rimini, which had exercised great influence on the same Avati and that he had become a friend over the last few years of life.
The love and passion for music and for their city have accompanied him throughout his life: the director often turns his films in Bologna, and is usually put them in numerous musical references, inspired directly, in some cases, this his experience.