Dante Ferretti, my life from Macerata to Hollywood – Cinema

(ANSA) – MILAN, FEBRUARY 02 – “I got my first Oscar after six nominations, that evening I didn’t even want to go to the awards, then Martin Scorsese convinced me and when Halle Berry said my name I was struck by I had to say something but nothing came to mind, I think I just said ‘thank you’, but then for the following Oscars I studied my speeches”. The emotion of the first statuette is never forgotten for Dante Ferretti, who returns from Hollywood to his Marches as artistic director of Prima Scena, the European Festival dedicated to Scenography which debuts in March with 4 appointments in 4 different cities, including Macerata, the city of the set designer of ‘Hugo Cabret’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘The Aviator’ (the three films for which he was awarded by the Academy).

“Scenography serves to tell a story” he says today in Milan, presenting the review in which he is one of the protagonists together with his colleague Margherita Palli and ranging between memories of the beginnings, projects in progress (the film ‘Verona’ on Romeo and Timothy Bogart’s Juliet) and future ones, including a Gambino series that was pitched to him.

If the best scenography “is the one I still have to make”, in the past our thoughts turn to films with Federico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini. An immense career, desired since he was a child: “I decided to be a set designer at the age of 12 because I always went to the cinema, to do it – he recalls amused – I used to steal my father’s pockets when he was sleeping, then I said I was going to study and instead I went to see a film. I was attending an art institute, one day a sculptor from Macerata explained to me what it meant to be a set designer and I understood what my path was”. (HANDLE).