Susanna Nicchiarelli

An Italian director, she was born in Rome in 1975. After graduating in philosophy, she continued her studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, where she earned a degree with a thesis on the Aesthetics of Cinema. She then attended the Experimental Centre of Cinematography (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia) in Rome, graduating in film direction with a medium-length film called “Uomini e Zanzare” (Men and Mosquitoes). Her training as a film director, besides working on sets of other directors in a number of different roles, also entailed collaborating with various directors, such as Nanni Moretti. In 2009, she made her first feature length film “Cosmonaut”, produced by Fandango, which went on to win the Controcampo Italiano Award at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, was nominated as Best Debut Director for both the Golden Ribbon and the David of Donatello awards, and won the FrauenfilmFestival of Cologne and the Golden Ciak Award for Best Debut Film in 2010. In December 2012, she rolled out her second feature film “Discovery at Dawn”, starring Margherita Buy and Sergio Rubini, produced by Fandango and screened at the opening of the Rome International Film Festival, in the official Perspectives Italy section selection. The film was released in Italian theatres on 10 January 2013. She is currently engaged in scripting her third feature film.
Her works, some of which have been produced by her own production company Nicchia Film, include: the documentaries Ca Cri Do Bo (I diari della Sacher) (59th Venice International Film Festival – New Territories), produced by Nanni Moretti’s Sacher; Il Terzo Occhio; L’Ultima Sentinella; the shorts Il Linguaggio dell’Amore (International Film Festival Rotterdam and Torino Filmfestival), Giovanna Z., una storia d’amore (A Story of Love) (winner of the Audience Award at the Festival of Trevignano, Silver Ribbon for Best Actor awarded to Luciano Scarpa), and two animated short films, Sputnik 5 (stop motion animation, winner of the Silver Ribbon for Best Animation Short in 2010 and of the Brooklyn International Film Festival, Best Animation Short) and Esca Viva (stop motion animation, winner of the Spirit Award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival, screened in the Perspectives Italy section at the Rome Film Festival, not in competition).