Director and Screenwriter, 1958, Italy. Mario Martone began his career in the theatre and was one of the co-founders of the neapolitan group Falso Movimento, in 1977, which would become internationally recognized as a leading contemporary avant-garde collective. Being interested in the dialogue between different artistic expressions since early in his career, the transition to cinema came naturally in the 1990s, and he was associated with a new wave of directors from Naples, along with names like Pappi Corsicato and Paolo Sorrentino. Through films like Rehearsals for War (1998) or the historical fresco We Believed (2010), Martone questioned the place of violence and art in society. His first feature-film, Morte di un Matematico Napoletano, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1992, while his most recent film, Capri-Revolution, premiered this year in the Official Competition of the Festival.

Mario Martone will be in attendance and LEFFEST will honour his career with a retrospective of his fiction feature films.