Film Director Bruno Pischiutta: A Renaissance Man

Our contributing editor Sabrina Johnson has spent a few months researching the whole body of work of Bruno Pischiutta.

Bruno Pischiutta directing the actors on the set of his feature film PUNCTURED HOPE in Ghana.

Bruno Pischiutta directing the actors on the set of his feature film PUNCTURED HOPE in Ghana.

Internationally celebrated published writer, director and producer, Bruno Pischiutta is known for his lifelong commitment to fostering the art of filmmaking. He established his career in his native Italy and, in 1975, he founded and directed Rome’s Centro Iniziative Di Azione Culturale, the nation’s only alternative school for theatre and film at that time. He is known for his high quality film production skills and specifically noted for his politically and socially oriented feature films.

Born in Udine, Italy in 1947, Pischiutta graduated from the Institute of Dramatic Art, Trieste, Italy in 1966. He studied philosophy at the University of Trieste, Italy in 1971 and he is an International Academician appointed by Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia, Italy in 1981.

 

Career Highlights

To fully appreciate this film director it is important to know that he has other important credits that make this maverick a real Renaissance man. In his long career he has been a film director, screenplay writer, producer, executive producer, lead actor, editor, casting director, costume and scenery designer and film teacher. He has created films, documentaries, TV and theater shows, artistic portfolios and photographs for posters. He is a play-writer, event presenter, show host, film festival artistic consultant, published author and he has been featured in many documentaries and TV shows. Last but not least, Bruno Pischiutta is a businessman and head of his own film studio. Along the way, he has discovered and launch few talents and he has worked with many personalities in the film, theater, literature, art and business fields.

Bruno Pischiutta discovered Irma Olivero and Liliana Tari in Rome (Italy) and he launched their film acting careers; in Milan he discovered and launched singer Marco Tutino.

In Toronto (Canada) he discovered and launched film actress Christina Macris and film producer/actress Daria Trifu.

In Accra (Ghana) he discovered and launched film actors Belinda Siamey and Samuel Ruffy Quansah.

In Brasov (Romania) he discovered and is now launching film actress Denisa Barvon.

In Toronto he founded THE FILM PALACE that, at that time, was one of the largest film studio’s in Canada. The Studio had screening facilities too and often the premiere of the movies produced by Bruno Pischiutta took place there.

In Accra he founded with Daria Trifu and Kingsley Obed TORONTO PICTURES’ FILM ACADEMY OF GHANA, that still today is the largest film school and production center of that country.

In Brasov, with Daria Trifu, he founded BRASOV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & MARKET the most important and renown nonviolent Film Festival in the world and BRASOV FILM CENTER, the largest film production center in Transylvania (Romania).

In Rome, Toronto, Accra and Brasov he held several times his INTERNATIONAL FILM WORKSHOPS that soon will be published in multimedia and distributed worldwide.

In Friuli (Italy), in Pordenone (Italy), in Toronto and in Brasov he wrote, directed and produced 5 DOCUMENTARIES.

In Toronto he wrote, directed, produced, cast and anchored 3 TV SERIES for a total of 52 EPISODES.

In North Italy and in Toronto he wrote, directed and produced over 100 TV COMMERCIALS that were broadcasted locally and nationally in several languages.

As an artistic portfolios and posters photographer, he photographed many actors and actresses. Recently he took the photos for THE POSTERS of the 2nd and 3rd EDITION OF BRASOV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & MARKET (Poster of the 2nd Edition and Poster of the 3rd Edition).

As a Film Financier he managed large sums of money and founded over forty corporations. He never went bankrupt and is still Chairman of the Board in three Canadian Corporations, is President of a Canadian Corporation that went public in New York City on the OTC-PK, is Vice President of a Romanian SRL and is the Executive in charge of BRASOV TALENT AGENCY – a Division of Global Film Studio Inc.

 

Awards

1972 – Venice Film Festival – Critics Award – Best Supporting Actor received for his acting performance in MANY WARS AGO (Dir. Francesco Rosi).

1976 – Premio Simpatia – Premio Simpatia – (As of 1976, Bruno Pischiutta, Franco Zeffirelli and Federico Fellini were the only directors to achieve this distinction.)

1978 – A.M. Scheible – Outstanding Playwriting & Direction – (Awarded by the C.I.R.A.L.S. in Salerno, Italy.)

1979 – Belle Arti Di Rome – One Million Lire – (Awarded by the BELLE ARTI DI ROMA for the organization of suburban youth cultural activities related to film & theatre.)

1981 – New York International Film and Television Festival – Bronze Medal – (Bruno Pischiutta receives the BRONZE MEDAL for producing, directing and writing THE COMOEDIA – selected among 3,800 entries, a feature film shot on location in Italy and in New York.)

1987 – New York International Film and Television Festival – Finalist Award – (Bruno Pischiutta receives the FINALIST AWARD, for producing, directing and writing LIFE’S CHARADE – selected among 5,600 entries, a feature film that addresses the phenomenon of teen-age suicide.)

2003 – Bahamas One World Film Festival – The Visionary in Film Award – (Bruno Pischiutta receives the THE VISIONARY IN FILM AWARD for his outstanding direction, writing, producing and editing of the feature film MAYBE.)

2009 – The Political Film Society – Two Nominations – (Bruno Pischiutta was nominated by the Political Film Society in Hollywood for his film PUNCTURED HOPE along side James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino – Bruno was nominated in two categories, Best Film Expose and Best Film on Human Rights.)

 

Some elements of his bio and his full body of work follow in chronological order:

In 1961 in Udine (Italy) he produced, directed and played in a RECITAL ABOUT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

In 1962 in Udine he produced, directed and played in a RECITAL ABOUT BERTOLT BRECHT.

In 1963 in Udine he played in LA PESCA, a drama of Eugene O’Neill.

In 1964 he played in a drama of Father David Maria Turoldo, QUANDO LA TERRA E’ MADRE in Udine in the San Francis’ Monumental Church.

In 1965 he played in the Velodromo Vigorelli (audience 9,000), another Turoldo’s drama: PENTECOST. He was honored to play before the Cardinal Giovanni Montini who, few months later, became Pope Paul VI.

In 1965, at 18, he moved to Trieste, he graduated from the Institute of Dramatic Arts and he became a professional actor.

In Trieste he worked as an actor at RAI radio and in theater.

In 1966, At 19, he auditioned to become an actor in the Italian language theater group of the Narodno Kazaliste Theater in Rijeka (Yugoslavia) and he got the job.

In those first years of his life he was blessed knowing and befriending the local intellectuals. He was a personal friend of writers such as Tito Maria Maniacco, Elio Bartolini and Amedeo Giacomini, of artists such as Mario Baldan and Mimmo Biase, of philosophers such as Sergio Sarti, of actress Rosita Toros and director Giorgio Marini and many others. They were the best people around, they constituted the local “intelligentsia”. Some of them were much older than him and his cultural education was, in many ways, formed by their influence. Pischiutta remained their friend for many years after.

 

Between other titles he played in, at the Narodno Kazaliste Theater in Rijeka:

The SONG OF THE LUSITANIAN BOGEY by Peter Weiss – directed by Francesco Macedonio,

THE MISER by Moliere,

LA LOCANDIERA by Carlo Goldoni,

UNCLE VANJA by Anton Cechov.

This was the time in which the American film productions company started to leave Italy, as their preferred shooting location and commenced to shoot in Croatia, where he was a theater actor.

He played also for companies such as Columbia Pictures, Dino De Laurentiis Productions and several others. He was a professional film and theater actor and he had the possibility to work with great directors such as Nanny Loi and Francesco Rosi, with some great actors such as Nino Manfredi, Martin Landau, Jason Robards and Peter Falk, with Oscar® winning Director of Photography Pasqualino De Santis and others.

He was cast in ROSOLINO PATERNO’ SOLDATO, directed by Nanny Loi, with Nino Manfredi, Jason Robards and Peter Falk.

He was cast in major international movies such as UOMINI CONTRO (Many Wars Ago) directed by Francesco Rosi, with Mark Frechette, Gian Maria Volonte’ and Pier Paolo Capponi. In that picture he had a scene in which he was performing with Alain Cuny, the great French actor who played the organ player in Fellini’s LA DOLCE VITA.

In 1972 – At the Venice Film Festival he received, for his acting performance in MANY WARS AGO (Dir. Francesco Rosi), 
the Critics Award as Best Supporting Actor.

When he was 22 years old he completed his university studies in Philosophy at the University of Trieste (Italy) with an average of 27.5 out of 30.

In 1971, as soon as he left Rijeka and arrived back in Italy, he shot a 50 minutes documentary (his first film). He wrote, produced, directed and executive produced SOLO MISERIA E POI… E’ SEMPRE COSI’ (Only Poverty and then… it is Always Like That.) that was screened in Milan and later had a limited release throughout Italy.

1971 he produced and recorded an LP record about poetry written during Italian Resistance: POEMI DELLA RESISTENZA FRIULANA. One of the poems was by the great Pier Paolo Pasolini; this was their first contact, this is how Pasolini got to know about him. Every copy of the disk was sold and Pischiutta’s choice and performance got great reviews in Italian newspapers and on Radio.

In 1971 in Milan (Italy) he was hired as an actor by Dario Fo who got in 1997 the Nobel Prize for the literature.

He created with Dario Fo and Vittorio Franceschi the POLITICAL THEATER in Italy.

In 1972 he left Dario Fo and he founded, with Vittorio Franceschi and Salvatore Cafiero NUOVA SCENA, the most interesting theater group of that time.

In 1973 he had his own theater in Milano and he wrote, directed and acted in a very successful tragic-comic play about the environment entitled PULCI & SMOG (Fleas & Smog).

Bruno Pischiutta was against the Vietnam war and when Jean Paul Sartre called for PEACE MARCHES across Europe, he participated in the first one that took place in Torino. He then wrote to Bob Dylan and asked him the permit to translate, in Italian language, certain songs he wrote against the Vietnam war and to produce an record. Bob Dylan gave him the requested permissions and Bruno Pischiutta produced and recorded the LP entitled VIETNAM CHIAMA LOTTA (Vietnam calls for a fight). The record was very favorably reviewed by the national newspaper L’UNITA’ in Italy and it went on to receive a wide success.

He also produced a recital entitled THE VIETNAM WAR TODAY that he presented in Milan and in Florence very successfully. In the recital Bruno Pischiutta as the lead actor was reading parts of the spiritual will of Ho Chi Minh and Marco Tutino was singing in Italian language the Bob Dylan’s songs.

In 1973 he wrote in Milan his first complete screenplay: MARE POVERO (Poor Sea).

In 1974 he moved from Milan to Lecco, on the Como Lake, few kilometres north of Milan. There he made some successful shows; the best was probably a RECITAL OF ITALIAN RELIGIOUS POETRY.

In 1974 he arrived in Rome and he lived there until the 1983, when he emigrated to Canada.

In Rome he was cast by Oscar® winning Billy Wilder and he acted in AVANTI (Forward), directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon.

In Rome, few months after he arrived, he had an agent, and he had many important friends such as film director Nanny Loi, the Honorable MP Marco Pannella, the journalist Luciano Bruni, the Minister Giacomo Mancini, the TV host Osvaldo Bevilacqua, the professor Antonio Garofalo, the actors Ubaldo Lay, Dario Penne, Vittorio Gassman, Bruno Vilar, Raimondo Penne, the actress Paola Borboni, the artist Beppino Volpe and many other journalists and reporters.

He produced, directed and played the leading role in ANTONELLO CAPOBRIGANTE CALABRESE, a theater drama in 5 parts written by Vincenzo Padula. He brought the show in a tour in every city in Calabria.

When he went back to Rome he wrote and put on the stage a drama entitled MR. OUKONTO.

He produced and directed and acted in an off the Ground Theater RECITAL OF POETRY AND FOLK CALABRIA’S SONGS with Anna Gadaleda.

He produced and directed a RECITAL OF SPANISH AND SOUTH AMERICAN POETRY with Spanish songs and poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda and others. Pischiutta was acting in the show and Raul Cabrera was singing and playing the guitar.

The show was performed at different cabaret and off-the ground theaters in Trastevere (Rome). The show had a great success and Pischiutta brought it to several cities across Italy and to the Stadium of Torino in front of an audience of 8,000.

He open his own theater and theater school in Ostia, the part of Rome by the sea. He called the enterprise Centro Iniziative di Azione Culturale (C.I.A.C.).

There he taught theater and Professor Paolo Uccello, the greatest and the one writer of film’s technology in Italy taught film to students. There Bruno Pischiutta produced theater shows that always were followed by a debate with the audience and every two weeks he organized an art exhibition of the best and most interesting painters of Rome. One a month, on a Sunday morning a show for children were presented. The audience was filling the place every night. The activity of the Center got the interest of the major media of Rome and it was not followed only by the people of Ostia, but by artists and intellectuals from the Capital city. Federico Fellini‘s clan was often present; the great and important journalist Domenico Pertica, “Momo” for the friends, was a fan of the Center and he promoted its activities on Giornale d’Italia and explained to the political people the social and artistic importance of the Center. In the theater there were screening facilities and often the premiere of the movies produced by Bruno Pischiutta took place there.

He produced and directed THE FROG’S TALE, a theater show for children. He also produced, directed and performed in a recital entitled POESIA COME MAGIA AND MAGIA COME POESIA.

The most successful play he wrote and published was SOTTO PROCESSO (On Trial). This was his last theater show. He wrote the script, he produced and directed it and he also performed in it. It was a two hours one man show and the subject was about the immobility of the Italian intellectuals of that time.

In 1976 he was awarded with Premio Simpatia. (As of 1976, Bruno Pischiutta, Franco Zeffirelli and Federico Fellini were the only directors to achieve this distinction.)

In 1976 he wrote, cast, produced, directed and executive produced COMPAGNE NUDE, his first feature film. The film is portraying several aspects of Italian women’s lifestyle at that time. In the film, he cast Irma Olivero. The film was released nationally and internationally in 1977. He shot the picture in Rome in black and white and he mono-colored it later.

Also in 1976 he wrote, cast, produced and directed the feature film IL SUICIDIO DI ELSA (Elsa’s Suicide). The story is about the motivation of suicide of two young girls, one very rich and one very poor, both called Elsa. It describes certain aspects and problems of the high and of the low classes of Roma in the late 70s. The film premiered in the theater of Centro Iniziative di Azione Culturale and it was followed by a limited release.

In 1978 The Belle Arti of Rome awarded him with ONE MILLION LIRE for the organization of suburban youth cultural activities related to film & theatre.

In 1978 Anna Maria Scheible awarded him in Salerno for Outstanding Playwriting & Direction.

In 1979 in North Italy he wrote, produced, cast and directed the feature film ISOLA MECCANICA (Mechanic Island) – 30M Italian Lire budget – with Femi Benussi. The story starts with an act of violence that generates other acts of violence. Bruno Pischiutta was also the lead actor in this feature. The film, distributed by Lark Distribution, also premiered in the theater of Centro Iniziative di Azione Culturale and it was later released (limited) in North Italy.

In 1980, between Rome and Venice, he wrote, produced cast and directed ULTIMO INCONTRO A VENEZIA (Last Encounter in Venice) with a budget of $2M. The plot is about an American war correspondent, Vietnam veteran, who is dying in Venice for alcoholism. Bruno Pischiutta also starred in this film alongside Irma Olivero. The film premiered in Venice and it was released in North Italy. In 2012, the English version of the picture was release by Tribeca Film Institute’s ‘Reframe Collection’ and it is now available on Amazon (Last Encounter in Venice).

In 1980 he made his first international production, the feature THE COMOEDIA, with a $4M budget. The movie is freely inspired by the Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri. The film is a modern transposition of the antique poem and it deals with young people’s drug problem in the USA. THE COMOEDIA, was shot between North Italy and New York City. He wrote, produced, cast and directed the film. Actress Liliana Tari was cast in the starring role. Bruno Pischiutta edited this picture together with Ruggero Mastroianni, Marcello’s brother. The film premiered in Galleria Rizzoli in New York City and it was later widely screened in Italy, Norway and other European countries. The English version of the picture was release by Tribeca Film Institute’s ‘Reframe Collection’ and it is now available on Amazon (The Comoedia).

In 1981 at the New York International Film and Television Festival Bruno Pischiutta receives the BRONZE MEDAL for producing, directing and writing THE COMOEDIA – selected among 3,800 entries.

Following the success in New York, Pischiutta was appointed INTERNATIONAL ACADEMICIAN by the ISTITUTO UNIVERSITARIO DI STUDI SUPERIORI DI PAVIA (Italy).

A stepping stone in launching his North American presence was the interview that famous Italian TV anchor Paolo Frajese conducted with him in New York City. The interview was broadcasted nationally and internationally.

In 1982, at the request of Pordenone TV station, he directed, produced, cast and anchored in Italy BY BRUNO PISCHIUTTA, a half an hour documentary about himself. The documentary was broadcasted by Pordenone TV.

In 1982 he wrote WITCHES 2001, a full feature film screenplay.

Until this time he had published only one book, the theater play SOTTO PROCESSO. Now, after the release of THE COMOEDIA, he published a hard cover book about THE COMOEDIA containing the whole script in Italian and English languages as well as many stills from the movie. He also published one more book entitled …E VA BENE, PARLIAMO DI CINEMA… (…and OK, let’s talk about movies…). This was an essay about the Italian Cinema and the related media.

In 1983 he emigrate to North America and he choose to live in Toronto, Canada. In less than a month after his arrival in Canada he was hired as Film Director by Visual Productions Inc. and Emmeritus Productions Inc. headed by Executive Producer Lionel Shenken.

As soon as he arrived in Toronto in 1983, Bruno visited Eaton Center and, for the first time, he saw a gigantic North American shopping mall. This gave him the idea to write a TV series called SHOPPING CENTER. He wrote, directed and cast SHOPPING CENTRE, 5 short features of 24 min. each (1983-1984), that were produced for Visual Productions Inc. These features were widely distributed on principal Canadian TV networks and in the United States.

In 1985, also Toronto, he wrote, directed and cast the feature film THE BOUNTY HUNTERS with John Austin in the principal role. The film was produced for Emmeritus Productions Inc.

That same year, he was hired by Telelatino (TLN), a new Canadian Television Network broadcasting in Italian and Spanish languages that was founded by Executive Producer Emilio Mascia. For Telelatino, he wrote, directed, cast and produced LA PIAZZETTA (The Little Square), 13 shows of 24 min. each (1985-1986), in association with Luce Film Inc. and Executive Producer Vito Barbera.

He founded a TV production company called Genvilm International Inc. where he worked for one year and a half. He directed over 100 TV commercials (mostly about fashion and furniture) that were broadcast on local and national TV stations. He also created a TV series of 13 episodes of half hour each called Wonderful Woman. In this series, fashion models were photographed and featured at some of the most beautiful and renowned architectural structures of Toronto. The most memorable include the CN Tower where models were filmed at the top of the tower with the city as background, the Royal Bank of Canada’s sky rise golden buildings where models were strategically positioned on concrete supports located in the fountain, the Imperial Commerce Bank of Canada headquarters in downtown Toronto where models were filmed on the top balcony and he positioned male and female models against the rock of the Scarborough Bluffs. The series Wonderful Woman was presented in world premiere during a cruise on the tall ship “Empire Sandy” on Lake Ontario that was attended by the top TV executives of Toronto.

In 1986 Bruno Pischiutta became a Canadian Resident and he founded his first Canadian film and TV production company.

With his company, he wrote, directed, cast, produced, anchored and executive produced TELEMODA (Fashion TV), 26 shows of 24 min. each. The shows were broadcast twice a week on Toronto’s MTV CH 47.

He also wrote, directed, cast, produced, anchored and executive produced LA VETRINA DEL SUCCESSO (The Window of the Success), 13 shows of 24 min. each that were broadcasted twice a week on Toronto’s MTV CH 47 too.

In 1987 Bruno Pischiutta wrote, directed, cast, produced and executive produced the feature film LIFE’S CHARADE, starring Josette Garramone. The film features a fictional story of an unexplained teenage suicide. It deals with the wide problem of teenage suicide and it proves that, after all, the suicide of teenagers are not unexplained. The picture premiered in Toronto at the headquarters of Action Basis Inc., It was screened in the Cannes Film Festival as non-official entry and as an Official Selection at the New York International Film & TV Festival; later it had a limited release in Canada.

In 1987 at the New York International Film and Television Festival Bruno Pischiutta receives the FINALIST AWARD, for producing, directing and writing LIFE’S CHARADE a feature film that addresses the phenomenon of teenage suicide. The film qualified between the first five selected among 5,600 entries.

In 1989 in Niagara falls he wrote, directed, cast, produced and executive produced THE TELEGRAM – $1.4M budget – with Sonia Lindgreen. The picture premiered in Toronto in the headquarters of Action Basis Inc., It was screened in the Cannes Film Festival as non-official entry and later had a limited release.

In 1990 in Niagara Falls and in St. Catherines (Canada) he directed and cast THE GLASSBLOWER with John Anderson in the lead role – The feature film was written and produced by Yvonne Korent for Pangea Productions inc. The picture premiered in 1991 in Toronto, at The Film Palace and later had a limited release.

In 1991 he founded The Film Palace that, at that time, was one of the largest film studios in Canada. The Studio also housed screening facilities and often the premiere of the movies produced by Bruno Pischiutta took place there. That is where THE GLASSBLOWER first premiered and it later had a limited release in Canada.

In 1992 in Toronto, he created and held the first edition of the INTERNATIONAL FILM WORKSHOPS at The Film Palace.

That year, he also wrote, directed, cast, produced, edited and executive produced the feature film LURED with Christina Macris and Byron McKim in the starring roles. The film is based on a fictional story about a young man who has everything money, family and a good social position. A casual meeting with a young girl results in him loosing all what he had in the beginning and finishing with nothing. The picture premiered in Toronto at The Film Palace and later had a limited release in Canada.

In 1994 Pischiutta wrote, directed, cast, produced, edited and executive produced EASY WEEKEND, a full feature film starring Christina Macris again. The film is based on a fictional story of a date rape and it deals with this widely diffused phenomenon. The picture premiered in Toronto at The Film Palace and later had a limited release.

In 1996 he wrote, directed, produced, edited and executive produced the 24 min. documentary titled THE FILM PALACE. The picture premiered in Toronto, at The Film Palace and later had a limited release.

In 1997 in Quebec City Pischiutta directed, cast, edited and executive produced DEAD LOVE – $300K budget, a 24 min. short feature film starring Christina Macris and Gabe King. The picture premiered at the cinema of the National Film Board of Canada downtown Toronto and it was later released (limited) in Canada and broadcast on TV.

In 1998 in Toronto, Bruno Pischiutta wrote, directed, cast, produced, edited and executive produced the feature film MAYBE with a $2.8M budget. Most of the characters of the film are young and the film features several situations of a group of friends. In particular, one of them is bulimic and, by following her story, the movie offers a very precise pictures of bulimia and its motivations. In America over nine million females and one million males between nine and sixteen years old are bulimic. The film, starring Christina Macris, was completed and released in 2003 in North America. It was screened in Toronto and at the Cannes Film Festival as a non-official entry. Later, the film was an Official Entry and screened in-competition at the Bahamas One World Film Festival.

In 2000 Pischiutta held the second edition of his INTERNATIONAL FILM WORKSHOPS program for actors, directors, producers and screenplay writers. The Workshops took place at the new headquarters of his company, Toronto Pictures Inc. in Toronto.

2003 – at the Bahamas One World Film Festival Bruno Pischiutta receives the THE VISIONARY IN FILM AWARD for his outstanding directing, writing, producing and editing of the feature film MAYBE.

In 2005 in Accra, together with film producer Daria Trifu, a graduate of his 2000 International Film Workshops, Pischiutta founded the TORONTO PICTURES’ FILM ACADEMY OF GHANA. As founding partners, they were joined by African screenplay writer Kingsley Sam Obed.

That same year, Pischiutta held his INTERNATIONAL FILM WORKSHOPS program in Accra for the students of the Film Academy.

In 2005, after giving the Ghanaian talent the necessary international filmmaking knowledge and training, Pischiutta co-wrote (together with Kingsley Obed), directed, edited and cast the feature film PUNCTURED HOPE: A STORY ABOUT TROKOSI AND THE YOUNG GIRLS’ SLAVERY ON TODAY’S WEST AFRICA – $5.8M budget.

The film was executive produced and produced by Pischiutta and Trifu. It was filmed entirely in Ghana with principal photography ending in August 2005. The film has as lead actors Belinda Siamey and Samuel Ruffy Quansah, two young talent who were trained by Pischiutta.

In 2008 the film premiered in Accra. In 2009 PUNCTURED HOPE was screened in Los Angeles in the race for the Oscars. It was qualified for nomination consideration at the Academy Awards®.

The same year, The Political Film Society (Hollywood) nominated Bruno Pischiutta along side James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino with Punctured Hope receiving nominations in two categories, Best Film Expose and Best Film on Human Rights.

In 2014 PUNCTURED HOPE was screened, out of competition, at the third edition of Brasov International Film Festival & Market.

In 2012 he wrote, directed, edited and cast BRUNO PISCHIUTTA FILM DIRECTOR – $273K budget – a 24 minutes Documentary about himself with Daria Trifu. The documentary was produced by Daria Trifu and Pischiutta and Trifu act as himself/herself in it. It consists of an assembly of clips selected and cut by Maestro Bruno Pischiutta from the most relevant films he made between 1980 and 2009. The Documentary was release by Tribeca Film Institute’s Reframe Collection and it is now available in Amazon.

That same year, Pischiutta co-produced with Trifu the English versions of two of his earlier critically acclaimed films, THE COMOEDIA and LAST ENCOUNTER IN VENICE. These films were subsequently released by Tribeca Film Institute’s Reframe Collection, are now available on Amazon.

In 2012 Pischiutta and Trifu founded in Brasov the Brasov International Film Festival & Market, the most important and renowned nonviolent film festival in the world. The 1st edition of the Festival in 2012 (July 19-29) was presented by Bruno Pischiutta who addressed the audience from the stage before each evening screening. Pischiutta continued as the Official Presenter of the subsequent 2nd and 3rd editions of the Festival in 2013 and 2014. In both the 1st and 2nd editions of the Festival, Pischiutta served as the President of the Jury.

Also in 2012 he held the first edition of his INTERNATIONAL FILM WORKSHOPS in Brasov followed by the 2nd and 3rd editions that were conducted in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

In 2012 Bruno Pischiutta also created the Brasov Talent Agency, a Division of Global Film Studio Inc., in 2012 and he was appointed its Executive in Charge.

In the same year he created, directed, edited, cast and executive produced the BRASOV: PROBABLY THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD a full feature documentary – $2.1M budget.

The film was produced by Daria Trifu and the principal photography lasted 14 months in order for the film to be able to showcase all four seasons. It also featured an interview with Pischiutta. The film premiered, out of competition, at the Brasov International Film Festival & Market in 2013. It was also screened with Spanish subtitles in Havana (Cuba) where Bruno Pischiutta and Daria Trifu were invited by the Romanian Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Cuba Dr. Dumitru Preda, and by the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (I.C.A.I.C.).

In 2013 and 2014, he photographed and created the artistic portfolios of several actors and actresses.

The photographs of the official posters of the Brasov International Film Festival & Market featured on both the 2013 and 2014 are Pischiutta’s original works.

In 2013 he produced together with Daria Trifu the 24 min. documentary BRASOV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & MARKET 2013 – $850K budget. The film features Daria Trifu and actress Denisa Barvon. The documentary was released in 2014 and it is now available on YouTube (Documentary).

 

UPCOMING FILMS

In 2016, Bruno Pischiutta will be releasing five new films that he has already shot and that are now in active post-production.

Four of the projects where he is credited as Creator, Presenter, Director, Editor, Executive Producer and Writer are DVD courses of one hour each in Film Acting, Film Directing, Film Producing and Screenplay Writing. Each course (DVD) is presented by Bruno Pischiutta and it showcases information related to the specific discipline, concepts and practical tips that are absolutely indispensable to be known by every talent who starts a film career and who wants to achieve an international level. The titles of the films are:

International Film Acting Workshops by Bruno Pischiutta (60 min.)

International Film Directing Workshops by Bruno Pischiutta (60 min.)

International Film Producing Workshops by Bruno Pischiutta (60 min.)

International Screenplay Writing Workshops by Bruno Pischiutta (60 min.)

The fifth currently in post-production and ready for release in 2016 is the feature documentary FILMING AFRICA – $2.6M budget.

He is credited as Creator, Writer, Editor, Casting director, Producer, Executive Producer and Himself.

The documentary is directed by Alicia Russell and it is produced by Daria Trifu, two previous student of Bruno Pischiutta’s film workshops held in Toronto. Daria Trifu is also featured in the documentary.

FILMING AFRICA consists of behind the scene footage filmed during the production of the groundbreaking feature film PUNCTURED HOPE as well as exclusive interviews with locals who discuss the practice of TROKOSI, modern day slavery of women practiced in West Africa.

The documentary further underlines the intellectual differences between the two film production crews, one American and the other African, that worked together in the making of PUNCTURED HOPE in Ghana.

 

Bruno Pischiutta has recently announced the production of seven major feature films in the next three years. Here they are:

2015 SUICIDE – feature film, 48 minutes – Director, Editor, Writer, Executive Producer, Casting Director.

Starring Denisa Barvon and Jonathan Pienaar.

In the glamorous environment of a photo agency, we discover that many of the beautiful people have serious and deep personal problems. An anonymous suicide note is found on the floor: now, suicide is present and it moves and it breaths between the cameras and in between the lights of the studio. In the end, there is the surprise, the twist. It is in the end when we get the real meaning of the movie, a movie about suicide and its motivations.

2015 THE BAD JOKE – feature film, 96 minutes – Director, Editor, Writer, Executive Producer, Casting Director.

Starring Denisa Barvon.

THE BAD JOKE is a dramatic feature film that illustrates the unhappy circumstances in which many European teenagers find themselves. The foundation of the European Union has established parity between countries with different economies and different average salaries. Many people from the weaker economic countries go to work in countries economically more strong, looking for better wages. The recent financial crisis and the lack of employment has dramatically increased the situation. Adults, in many cases parents, go to work in other countries and leave their young children without any parental guidance at home. At a young age, family represents natural protection; to have parents working in other countries creates a need and a major lack of help for a young person. The family crisis that is generated contributes to the uncertainty and well being in the lives of the teenagers. Furthermore, when a whole family decides to emigrate, the young person finds him/herself outside of the natural and familiar surrounding of friends, environment and acquaintances. This new situation exposes teenagers to temptations of going off track and to look to alcohol, drugs, prostitution and similar non-solutions, to solve the problems they faces but they didn’t create. Of course, there are different ways to react to all this; some are good, many are bad and bring about bad consequences. THE BAD JOKE is a fruit of fiction, it is a new non graphic feature film that portrays some situations in which many adolescents and teenagers live and face the new challenges in today’s new European Union. “The bad joke” is what the European Union creates for many teenagers.

2015 SINS AND SINNERS – feature film, 96 minutes – Director, Editor, Writer, Executive Producer, Casting Director.

Starring Denisa Barvon and Jonathan Pienaar.

Millions are using and abusing prescription antidepressant drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft etc., in order to cope with the pressures of life. Sometimes, such drugs can become an essential element of everyday’s existence, but – at what cost?

2016 ABUSED IN AMERICA – feature film, 96 minutes – Director, Editor, Writer, Executive Producer, Casting Director.

Starring Denisa Barvon.

Abused in America will raise much needed attention to the horrible phenomenon of the child abuse in the United States. The film gives a voice to thousands of children who are abused and who end-up on the street only to fall victims to prostitution and drug abuse.

2017 THE SEPIA PORTRAIT: A TALE ABOUT TODAY’S CHINA AND THE MISSING FOSSIL OF THE PEKING MAN – feature film, 96 minutes – Director, Editor, Writer, Executive Producer, Casting Director.

Starring Denisa Barvon.

This feature film will present to the Western world, for the first time, the reality of today’s Peoples Republic of China seen through the eyes of a sweet, modern North American girl.

2017 WISTERIA – feature film, 96 minutes – Director, Editor, Writer, Executive Pproducer, Casting Director.

Starring Denisa Barvon.

The story evolves around an elite, all-female college with girls of every age, where a prostitution ring is established. The film depicts certain effects of the sex trafficking of young girls and children in Eastern Europe.

2017 CONFESSIONS – Director, Editor, Writer, Executive Producer, Casting Director.

Starring Denisa Barvon.

The story line of CONFESSIONS is entirely fictional and It is written by Maestro Bruno Pischiutta. The film follows four stories that are connected by two women.

By Sabrina Johnson

All Rights Reserved Daria! Magazine ©2014

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