Passaggi d’Europa Technical Jury


Passaggi d'Europa

nicola cocella

Nicola Nocella

Nicola Nocella, born in 1981 in the province of Bari, boasts a long and successful career in the world of cinema and television. After the scientific maturity, he enters the Experimental Center of Cinematography to follow the course as an actor. He made his television debut with the fiction “Caterina e le sue figlie 2” (2006) directed by Vincenzo Terraciano, television that will continue to attend in various fictions and series, directed by directors such as Salvatore Samperi (“L’onore e il rispetto”, 2006), Giulio Base (“Un cane per due”, 2010), Francesco Miccicché (“Ris Roma”, 2011) and Niccolò Ammanniti (“Anna”, 2019). The film debut took place in 2006 with “Ma che ci faccio qui” directed by Francesco Amato. Two years later he will be directed by Carlo Vanzina in “Un’estate al mare” and, in 2010, participates in “Venti sigarette” that director Aurelio Amedei dedicates to the Italian dead in the attack on Nassiriya. In the same year, he is the main actor in Pupi Avati’s “Il figlio più piccolo” which earned him the Golden Globe and a special mention at the Nastri d’Argento, as Best Emerging Actor. Two years later he co-starred in “Studi illegali” by Umberto Carteni and, in 2017, he is the leading actor in “Easy” di Andrea Magnai. There is no shortage of other important appearances, all of 2019, in films such as “Tolo Tolo” by Checco Zalone, “Cambio tutto” by Guido Chiesa and, most of all, “Andrà tutto bene” by Francesco Bruni in the role of the male nurse that takes care with dedication of Valerio Mastandrea. In 2020 he’s directed again by Pupi Avati in “Lei mi parla ancora” and leading actor in “Rido perché ti amo” di Paolo Ruffini.

lidia vitale

Lidia Vitale

Lidia Vitale, well-known face of cinema and television, began her career when she was still at university. Before her debut as an actress in 2000, with Alberto Sironi’s “Il Furto del Tesoro”, she devoted herself to producing and directing, but two years later she was in the cast of “La Meglio Gioventù” by Marco Tullio Giordano. She works between the small and the big screen without ceasing to deepen her training with the masters of the Actors’ Studio. The direction of her first short film, “Musica Per I Miei Occhi” dates back to 2007, followed by TV series pilots such as “Le Gonfiate” (2018), “5 Fathers”, “Un Pesce Fuor d’Acqua”. Only in the last year she was the leading actress in “Ghiaccio” by Fabrizio Moro and Alessio de Leonardis, “Esterno Notte” by Marco Bellocchio, “The Grand Bolero” by Gabriele Fabbro (2021), presented in Italian preview at the XXVI edition of Linea d ‘Ombra Festival and awarded by the Open jury, and “Ti Mangio il Cuore” by Pippo Mezzapesa. All without interrupting her presence on the small and big screen or on online platforms, as for the “Luna Park” series by Leonardo D’Agostini and Anna Negri. There are many films coming out this film season in which she participated and she is trying to make her first film as a director, “Amà”, for which she won the MIC for the development of the screenplay.

Elie Wajeman

Screenwriter and director, Elie Wajeman, born in 1980, after having attended courses in acting and filmmaking, he studied screenwriting at La Femis. After his graduation, he began making short films including “Los Angeles” (2007). He is considered a young revelation at the 44th Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2012, where he presented the film “Alyah”. In 2014 he was part of the cast of “My Old Lady” (directed by Israel Horovitz), alongside Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith. In 2015 he made his second feature film, “Les Anarchistes”, starring Tahar Rahim and Adéle Exarchopoulos. In 2021 he was the screenwriter and director of “Un médecin de nuit”, presented at the XXVI edition of the Linea d’Ombra Festival in the Passaggi d’Europa section, obtaining the Best Film Award from the Popular Jury.


11_18 November 2023