Born in 1938 in Milan, he made his first animated film “Tapum! The Weapon’s History” in 1958. After gaining wide critical acclaim at the Cannes Festival, a British producer, John Halas, offered him a job. In 1965 Bozzetto produced a western parody, “West and Soda” and in 1968 he created another character with strong references to the American life, “VIP - My Brother Superman”. His most famous character, however, is Signor Rossi – a middle class man bound to face the evergreen problems of society.
In 1976 he made one of his most famous films – “Allegro non troppo” – which was inspired by the Disney’s “Fantasia”. “Under the Chinese Restaurant” filmed in 1987 remains Bozzetto’s only actor movie. In 1995 he made a series of short animations “Help” for Hanna-Barbera and a year later he commenced his work on “Spaghetti Family” for RAI.
Since 2000, Bozzetto has been devoting himself almost entirely to 2D and 3D computer animation. His political satire “Italy vs Europe” has been a worldwide success. He then went on to make “Yes & No”, “Adam”, “Life”, “Sex n’ Fun”. In 2002 Bozzetto created a pilot to “Mammuk”, a film about the prehistoric era, which is now in production. He has also made a significant number of short films that are only available on the Internet. Bozzetto has received several awards, including an award in Zagreb (1998) and Bergamo (2003) for life achievement.
NIGHT CINEMA / Allegro non troppo / dir. Bruno Bozzetto / 85'
RETROSPECTIVES, SCREENINGS AND PREMIERES / BRUNO BOZZETTO - SHORT FILMS / introduction: Alfio Bastiancich / 80'