Music video “Io non mi inchino”

“Io non mi inchino” (“I don’t bow”) is a courageous song against the italian mafia, from the female rock band Le Rivoltelle. Dealing with such a delicate, controversial topic, I decided to represent the mafia through the eyes of the children.
Io non mi inchino

Two bullies “kill” a boy (he represents the numberless journalists, sindacalists and writers killed or threatened by mafia). Then they threaten a group of kids, steal their toys and destroy their little kiosk. Again, a metaphore of the numberless men, women, youth, who saw their shops or small bussiness burned to dust when refusing to pay mafia for their “protection”.
The bullies take the smallest child, the most innocent, and they tie him up like a little Jesus. Then, they get on their knees and pray. It’s a key part of the song. In the south of Italy is common to see the most dangerous mafia killers praying at Church or during the village procession. It shows the hypocricy of people who dedicated their lives to kill, threaten, torture and abuse, and then expect an absolution.
But in the end there is hope for a better future. The children gather together, holding hands, against the bullies. And the bullies disappear, as a bad dream.

I truly believe that innocence can save us from horror and from violence.
There is good in this world, and if we make it grow in the heart of our children, humanity shall know a better tomorrow.

Thanks to the production and to the manager of the band for believing in my script.
Thanks to the outstanding team which made it possible.
My precious assistant director Fausto Romano, DOP Maestro Francesco di Pierro, editor Andrea Bandinelli, art director/stylist Pablo Patane, mua & hair Sabina Pinsone & Martina Camandona, steady operator Simone Lucarelli, and of course all the technicians and assistants.
And a final, big thanks to our amazing protagonists, such incredibly talented boys and girls.

Music Video “Golden Leaves”

A dreamy and melancholic circus fairytale that I wrote and co-directed for russian popstar Lena Katina (ex t.a.t.u.) featuring italian singer Noemi Smorra.
A great adventure with an amazing team! “Golden Leaves” received many awards at Film Festivals all around the world.

Producer: Maqueta – Alessandro Paolinelli

Director: Livia Alcalde & Francesco Sperandeo
Cinematography: Francesco Di Pierro
Editor: Francesco Galli
Production Designer: Daniele Fabretti
Costume Designer: Maria Letizia Della Felice
Make Up & Hair Stylist: Valeria Orlando
Line Producer: Fernando Alba

Assistant Director: Giacomo Di Niro
Focus Puller: Marianna Fratantonio
2nd Assistant Camera: Graziella Piras
Key Grip: Giordano Spadoni
Gaffer: Fabio Policastro
Grip: Pierpaolo Pietropanico
Electrician: Andrea Di Biase
Production Designer Assistant: Virginia Smorra
Production Assistant: Domenico Azzolina
Make Up & Hair Crew: Donatella Alberino, Sara Stile, Stefania Di Cristo, Veronica Gargour, Francesca Beyouty, Antonio Genova, Sabina Pinsone, Lia Favale
Costume Designer Crew: Ambra Onofri, Paola Mazzola
Property Master: Enzo Ferraro

CAST

Young Noemi: Valentina Chierichini
Young Lena: Greta Berguiny
Master of ceremonies: Mirko Dettori
Aerial artists: Elisa Alcalde, Ylenia Cosco
Burlesque dancer: Benedetta Barlone
Clowns: Lorenzo Grilli, Jean Pierre Contri
Jugglers: Matteo Gizzi, Daniel Berguiny

Still Photographer: Alessandro Marchetti, Giacomo Canestrale
Backstage: Max Gordiani – One More Lab
Backstage Editor: Leonardo Mirabilia

MUSIC

Authors: Fernando Alba & Kathleen Hagen

Recorded by: Fabio Ferri, Fabrizio Frezza, Sven Martin, Davide Palmiotto
Edited by: Piero Bernardini
Mixed by: Roberto Rosu
Mastered by: Bruno Gruel

Drums: Marco Rovinelli
Bass: Domenico Azzolina
Piano: Luca Bellanova
Lead Guitar: Simone Gianlorenzi
Acoustic Guitar & Orchestration: Fernando Alba
Strings: Ensamble Dream Team Roma
Concertmaster: Eunice Cangianiello
Director: Emanuele Bossi

SPECIAL THANKS

Noemi & Lena wear: Sonia Lupo Atelier
Make-up products: V)OR – Valeria Orlando
Woman & Bride Magazine: Erika Gottardi, Massimiliano Piccinno
Location: Zoo delle Star
Service: AMG International
Post production: Direct2Brain
Cars: Morini Rent
Press: Lunatik, Comunicazione Globale

Publishing: Limited Music Trade S.r.l.
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