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Sometimes in life everything happens by chance. Donatella Palermo did not think just wanted to be a movie producer nor make major awards such as the ‘Golden Bear of the Berlin Film Festival won a few days ago to “Fuocoammmare” by Gianfranco Rosi . Born and raised in Catania, where he developed his passion for cinema, Donatella in the eighties he lived in Rome and devoted himself to writing comics when an encounter determined his life. A person? No, a dog. Passing in Sicily for the vernissage of the exhibition of Vincenzo Marano , his lifelong friend, the Palermo tells us how it went.
“One day I find a dog in the street and put the ad in the newspaper. It was not a dog any: he had a studded collar of diamonds. I understand that it must have an owner who cares. The person who answers the announcement is a producer. The lady (it was none other than Ellen Little, producer of “The Tree of Antonia”, Oscar winner) asks me if I want to work in the field of cinema and so through various trades, I become a producer. Alone I would not know even how to begin. Collaborated in a radio show, I loved to read … I went to Rome with Vincenzo Marano, the painter, and he introduced me to Fellini, De Chirico . We had dinner at the home of De Chirico. But I was living the moment, not thinking about what career I would have done. ”
But the interest in cinema was still. It was from Catania, where Donatella attended various film clubs (Cuc, New Cuc, CIC). ‘In Catania in the 70s came a lot of movies, there was a very intense cultural life, we went to ABC to see the films of Godard, we discussed. ”
“I must say – says Donatella – that I had a family of stimuli: I had a cousin, Gabriel Musumarra , which made the scenes for movies. I remember when she turned a scene with a zombie that was thrown from the roof on a pile of mattresses. It was magic. They were small films. We were shooting at our house in Via dei Villini overboard. But I never thought of working in film. ”
It was not the only one of the family, his cousin, to devote himself to the movies. “My uncle Luciano De Franco – continues Donatella – had bought the Scalera that it was a film of historical distribution company of the ’40s,’ 50s. Handing out big American movies: I remember the posters that are now collectible. Then there was my aunt, Adriana Procelli , who had a stationery shop and who financed a fiction film Ugo Saitta , great documentary. They did the extras my mom, aunts. My brother Thomas in the family, however, is that even then, the cinema, he understood more. ” Tommaso Palermo fact, today’s librarian, I know many Azdak for the cooperative of which he was part and for the cinema experience Myron ( today King) who brought in Catania a lot of films that otherwise would never arrive.
“They were a group of guys in value. They wrote beautiful texts to be distributed with the Cinestudio programs: a job to operators as they should do. Even films that Rome does not cashed nothing here were full room. And the filmmakers were. Was Maselli for “Romance” and Myron was full, was Maurizio Nichetti . They understood that there was a passion behind. Even in “Fuocammare” it is said that to build a good sling it takes a lot of passion and Catania there was a lot of passion in those years for books, for movies. ”
And of his career as the Palermo manufacturer states that the funniest movie he shot in Palermo: “It was ” Tano to die “ , considerable experience from the production point of view. The then commissioner Giambrone culture has given us the Shipyards of Zisa that had not yet been cleaned up and we have them emptied. There were even pieces of plane poles. A popular film about Palermo. ”
A job uncommon. And she admits: “I am privileged to people I meet, the freedom they enjoy to read a subject and bring it to the screen. That magic you contribute to create it if you can recognize the talent of the people and help them. The thing I like the most are the people. ”
However to make the films must also find money. And this – says producer Catania – is a skill that I find myself. Anyway, it was always helped. When you have a good project will open up the possibilities. Then it does not become rich with this job. Checco Zalone … I would have liked to produce it but we are stronger producers. I make more individual operations and are happy to have produced Gianfranco Rosi . The next will Delbono . Astrologer told me years ago that I would do good things with friends. And so I do not forget especially Ellen Little and his dog Puppie “.