Sansone is from a small town called Bella. By mere coincidence, I recently spent a week in his charming hometown, and I can say that it's what many of us Italian-Americans imagine when we dream of the land of our origins.. quaint and lovely with warm, kind people, delicious culinary products and gifted chefs who know well how to utilize them. I spent an unforgettable week there attending the town's exceptional film festival, which showcased compelling topics and filmmakers from all over Italy. So, it's no surprise the town has produced a talented filmmaker of its own. I asked Donato Sansone about his work and his origins in this beautiful, justly named town of Bella. Our interview was done in Italian, so both versions are included.
What was your reaction when you heard the news that you made this short list for the Oscar.
It has been a pleasure being considered for an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film and beautiful to be among these films, which are considered the best short films in the world. But I think that it will be almost impossible to make the final list of the 10 films which will actually get nominated for the Oscar because the standard for choosing in very high. However, I can't say that perhaps a little luck wouldn't help.
Everything that I experienced growing up in this town made me dream and influenced my imagination. Then I evolved as I saw other places and art outside of my town and its people. But Bella will always be my town. The whole community there along with my family are what has formed me and I'll always have that influence inside of me.
Come la communità di Bella Basilicata ha influenzato il tuo lavoro da regista?
|Bella, Basilicata's 2016 Film Festival|
I've never actually worked in Basilicata because I left when I was 18-years-old to work in Naples and then Torino. Paradoxically, apart from my town in Basilicata, I am not known there. I have made a name for myself abroad but not in Basilicata. We'll see if there will be any opportunities in the future.. perhaps even a co-poduction with the Lucana Film Commission and my French producers and distributors of "Autour de minuit".
We'll keep you updated on Sansone's possible Oscar nomination. In the meantime, click here to check out other works by Donato Sansone.