cinema Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Niccolò Manzolini/


Niccolò Manzolini was born in Milan in 1979.

Since 2002 he has worked regularly with the Cineteca di Bologna, as an editor for various industrial and creative documentaries, and as a trainer.

In 2004, he obtained his degree in visual communication, with a dissertation on the semiotics of exhibition space, with a research project abroad supported by the Ecole du Louvre laboratory, under the direction of Hélène Lassalle. In 2005, she moved to Marseille to work with the Film Flamme film-makers' collective. He works for the Shellac production/distribution company, curating the restoration project for Marc Scialom's film Lettre à la prison.

In 2008, he set up SEIPERDUE, an animation studio that makes commercial and corporate videos, short films and documentaries. In 2014, he was selected as one of the best young emerging producers by the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2012, he produced and directed Babis!, a feature film combining fiction, documentary and animation about Italian immigration to Marseille, funded by the CNC. Since 2020, he has been teaching digital animation theory and techniques at the Institute of Applied Arts and Design in Bologna, first at the IAAD and then at the CNA.

Lucia Malerba and Niccolò Manzolini met in 2014, La Mangoosta was born.

Residency project:

To create an animated film entitled Green as hell. This film was born out of a fascination for the Amazon rainforest, as a present-day scene of great contradictions and as an original, almost mythological place. The forest is a place of the imagination par excellence in all cultures, from Western fairy tales to the oral histories of ancient cultures, from the original parables of the great religions to Dante's "selva oscura". It's an ideal setting in which to tell the story of an individual's journey of initiation, the symbolic passage into the unknown, the questioning of one's own certainties to reach a new consciousness.

Synopsis: At the end of the 19th century, in the Amazon rainforest, two explorers, a man and a woman, are abandoned by their guides. Illness and hunger plunge them into a hallucinatory vortex that opens the door to ghosts of the past and future.