Mario Martone


Claudia Di Giacomo and Roberta Scaglione met in 2000 while working on the project Per Antiche Vie directed by Mario Martone for the institution Teatro di Roma. They later founded PAV (acronym for Per Antiche Vie) and started an extensive collaboration with Mario Martone that includes contractual and administrative consulting (especially for operas) and the management of projects and shows. PAV also manages Martone’s film and documentary archive. Among the projects developed by PAV, it is worth mentioning the management of the project Petrolio in Naples, the production of documentaries such as Caravaggio, l’ultimo tempo for Capodimonte Museum in Naples and videos as Teatro sommerso for Milan Triennale Exhibition and the radio plays series Il Terzo Orecchio for Radio3 Rai.


Mario Martone started working as a director in Naples in 1977 (when avant-garde movements were thriving) and founded the group “Falso Movimento“. He then directed performances that mixed elements from theatre, cinema, music and visual arts such as Tango Glaciale (1982), Il desiderio preso per la coda da Picasso (1985), Ritorno ad Alphaville da Godard (1986) and that were on international tours for a long time. In 1986 Martone founded the company “Teatri Uniti” with the aim of reuniting young Neapolitan artists that later worked on his independent films. Martone’s first feature film, Morte di un matematico napoletano, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival in 1992. L’amore molesto (1995), Teatro di guerra (1998) and L’odore del sangue (2003) were all presented to Cannes Film Festival. Martone directed several documentaries and short films and also filmed some theatre pièces such as Teatri Uniti’s manifesto-performance Rasoi, based on texts by Enzo Moscato. He directed: Sophocles’ Philoctetes (1987), Shakespeare’s Richard II (1993), Fabrizia Ramondino’s Terremoto con madre e figlia (1994), Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes (1996), Sophocles’ Oedipus the King (2000) and Oedipus at Colonos (2004), Raffaele Viviani’s I dieci comandamenti (2000), Enzo Moscato’s Secret Work (2005) and Falstaff, a Neapolitan Workshop from Shakespeare (2007). Among the operas directed by Martone: the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples (Così fan tutte also staged in Ferrara in 2000 and 2004 with Claudio Abbado, Don Giovanni in 2002 and Le Nozze di Figaro in 2006), Berg’s Lulu in Palermo (2001), Rossini’s Matilde di Shabran and Torvaldo e Dorliska at the ROF in Pesaro (2004-2006), Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera with Antonio Pappano in London (2005), Ivan Fedele’s Antigone at Florence Maggio Musicale (2007), Verdi’s Falstaff in Paris (2008), Verdi’s Othello in Tokyo (2009), Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci at La Scala in Milan (2011). Martone was awarded several prizes such as: two David di Donatello for his films, the Abbiati Prize for opera and the Ubu prize for his commitment in artistically restyling the Teatro di Roma, an institution he directed from 1999 to 2000. In those years he introduced new programming formulas opening the door to other genres and new artistic expressions, and also commissioned the renovation of an old factory located along the Tiber and founded the Teatro India. Martone played an important role in Naples Teatro Stabile’s artistic committee directing in 2004 the project Petrolio based on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s novel. In 2007 Martone was appointed director of Turin Teatro Stabile Foundation for which he adapted and directed Giacomo Leopardi’s Operette morali in 2011.
Martone’s film Noi credevamo won 7 David di Donatello Awards in 2010 and was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.