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Giona A. Nazzaro

Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival. Previously, he served as the General Delegate of the International Film Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival, as a member of the artistic committee of IFFR–International Film Festival Rotterdam (2020), and as a programmer and curator on the selection committee of the Visions du Réel Festival in Nyon (2010-2020). He also worked as a programmer and curator for Torino Cinema Giovani, Festival dei Popoli, and the Rome Film Fest. In 2015, he co-created and curated the exhibition Il di/segno del cinema at the Cagliari Civic Museum. He has authored and edited books on Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, and Abel Ferrara. Pioneering the study of Hong Kong cinema in Italy, he is the editor Il cinema di Hong Kong - Spade, kung fu, pistole, fantasmi (Le mani, 1997), John Woo - La nuova leggenda del cinema d’azione (Castelvecchi, 2000), and Il dizionario dei film di Hong Kong (Universitaria Editrice, 2005). His book Action - Forme di un transgenere cinematografico (Le mani, 2000) won the Barbaro/Filmcritica Prize. His fiction debut was A Mon Dragone c’è il Diavolo (Perdisa Pop, 2010). A member of the National Union of Italian Film Critics (SNCCI), he works as a film journalist and regularly contributes to il manifesto, Film Tv, Micromega, and other online and print outlets. He was among the founders of the film monthly Sentieri selvaggi. He is also a member of the Federal Commission of Cinema.