Pippo Delbono

Pippo Delbono


There is the desire of others, the need of others, the desire to tell a story through a form of cinema that aims not to document reality but to see it become dream, poetry.    


Pippo Delbono (Varazze, 1959) started studying drama in the 1980s in a traditional school that he would leave after meeting Pepe Robledo. The two moved to Denmark and joined the Farfa Group directed by the actress Iben Nagel Rasmussen, a mainstay of the Odin Teatret. In 1987 Delbono staged his first play, Il tempo degli assassini. That year, he also met Pina Bausch, who invited him to take part in a show staged by her Tanztheater Wuppertal. In 1997, he staged Barboni, which earned him a Special Ubu Prize; it was centered around an illiterate deaf-mute named Bobò, whom Delbono had met at a workshop in the mental hospital in Aversa, where the former had been confined for fortyfive years. After Guerra, Esodo, Il silenzio and Gente di plastica (which won the Olympic Prize for theatrical innovation), in 2003 the Pippo Delbono Theater Troupe took its show Guerra on tour to Palestine and Israel. This led to the making of a film with the same name, marking Delbono’s filmmaking debut; it would win the David di Donatello for best documentary in 2004. Delbono won another Olympic Prize for Theatrical Innovation for his play Urlo (2004), and in 2006 he launched his second feature film, GRIDO, at the Rome Film Festival. Three years later he made his film LA PAURA, shot entirely using a cellphone; it was selected for the Locarno Festival. In 2009 he also presented his short film BLUE SOFA, which he co-wrote with Lara Fremder and Giuseppe Baresi; it received the Grand Prix at the Clermont Ferrand Festival. In Wroclaw, Delbono was awarded the prestigious Europe Prize for New Theatrical Realities. In 2011, he won the Ubu Prize for Best Performance for his Dopo la battaglia. That same year he directed the film AMORE CARNE, featured in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival. Delbono returned to Locarno with another documentary, SANGUE, which was awarded its Don Quixote Prize. In 2015, he made the short LA VISITE (Grand Prix at Lyon’s Doc en Courts).

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