Italian filmmaker Andrea Corsini began his film career working on the Rai TV series “Virus”, followed by his award-winning short “Not In My Backyard” starring Paolo Briguglia and Giorgio Carminati. He went on to make several acclaimed short films and music-videos.
In 2017, Corsini directed the short movie “Thanks For The Hate Speech”, a project produced by agency LUZ about internet’s hate speech. The video received over 600,000 views and it was presented at the Italian Senate.
Andrea Corsini resides and works in Milan as a film director. He is currently developing his debut feature film “Seems To Know About Me”, a finalist at InProgress2017.
Hollywood World Magazine Interview with Film Director Andrea Corsini
Hollywood World: Tell us a little bit about your career beginnings.
Andrea Corsini: I was born in Italy in 1980. Love for art in general and a great passion for movies motivated me to work in video and film production.
My first experience came in 2010, working as AD on Virus, a TV series produced by Rai Movies.
I then went on to produce, write and direct my first short movie “Not In My Backyard” with Paolo Briguglia and Giorgio Carminati. It was selected in more than thirty festivals and won Garda International Film Festival, as well as the Jury Prize at Sardinia Film Festival.
Subsequently, I moved to Berlin for a period of two years, joining a filmmaker collective and working as a producer on several short movies and commercials. I also turned my hand to directing music videos, including those of Francesco Renga, Irene Fornaciari and Fratelli Quintale.
Over the last few years, I have worked as a producer and AD in several productions, including the feature film Andarevia produced by Rai Cinema. I was also 2nd AD on the feature film Anime Nere (Dark Souls) directed by Francesco Munzi and presented at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.
I continue to work between Berlin, London, Rome, Barcelona and Milan, where I have directed several music videos (including Jules Not Jude’s “Pillowlize”, winner at Ibiza Music Video Award, and A Copy For Collapse’s “Grey Sunday”, selected at Trenton Art All Night Film Festival), as well as a number of commercials (Kimko, Autogrill, Cameo, DePadova, Banca Popolare di Milano, Uber).
Hollywood World: What was the most significant decision in shooting your current film?
Andrea Corsini: When I decided to do it. You can’t come back!
Hollywood World: What part of the script/story best stood out for you in “Seems To Know About Me”and why?
Andrea Corsini: I think is when Irene, the main character, start to try the food on herself. Her body violently rejects everything with painful crises but she doesn’t give up.
I think is a good point for the character who is not surrendering about what’s happening to her. At the and of this escalation she experience a sort of death. When she wakes up the day after, she is new person ready to begin a new life.
Hollywood World: Without giving it away, tell us a little bit more about the characters and the lead actors in “Seems To Know About Me”.
Andrea Corsini: Irene is a normal person who is forced to face with a condition that appears suddenly and irreversibly.
There are two characters, around which the story develops:
Pietro is the new neighbor, father of a little girl. He is a character who lives a terrifying story, but in a strange way he becomes one of the antagonist in the film.
The other one is Rose, a woman linked to a children’s institute, who start to follow Irene after take interest to her children, but when she begun to understand that something is wrong with Irene, becomes intent on capturing her. She is a very controversial character.
Hollywood World: How do you bring this story to life while staying true to your vision as director?
Andrea Corsini: I write in order to direct, and I have a very precise writing method. Making a movie means try to tell a story in the better cinematic way, and the vision is part of the story. You have to be careful to not lost your vision and I think a solid script can help to keep you concentrated during the shooting on the vision.
Hollywood World: What excites you about this project?
Andrea Corsini: I have always been intrigued by how human beings live in a perpetual balance between the rational and the primordial and I asked to myself how would one behave if this balance suddenly broke, if it started transforming and regressing?
I started working on a story where the breakdown of this balance was staged, and to figure out the consequences that this condition would have on a person’s average life.
The film faces the theme of the relationship with our inner monster which each of us must confront, and how we are forced to accept and live with the person we really are.
Hollywood World: What other works are you most proud of?
Andrea Corsini: My first short movie of course. When I tried to make my first short film I was a mechanical designer. Making this movie became a sort of self-study workshop and, after about two years, I succeeded.
This project transformed my passion into my work, and I start to collaborate with other professionals and directing music videos. Music video has an important role in my professional path, I love to direct them and they allowed me to obtain some important awards including the People Choice at the Ibiza Music Video Award 2016.
Hollywood World: What films have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?
Andrea Corsini: There are lots of inspiring movie, most of them are not exactly included into the film, but I believe some affinities can be found with Rabid (D. Cronenberg) for the transformation of a human being; Hundstage (U. Seidl) for the alienation within the summer province; The Others (A. Amenàbar) for the relationship between mother and children; and the creation of a family nucleus according to new rules.
Hollywood World: What do you do to enhance the collaborative process when working with actors, screenwriters, producers and others creative members?
Andrea Corsini: Be a director means be able to work in team. I think one of the most important thing a good director has to be able to do is communicate. If you be good at express your ideas clear, everything becomes clear to other, and it motivates them to be your ally.
Hollywood World: What experiences have you learned from in life? How did that change you and your creative process and the way you go about making films?
Andrea Corsini: I was born in a town in northern Italy and I grew up in an environment where there weren’t many artistic and cultural stimuli. Cinema has been an important part of my life only as a spectator, but at a certain point I felt that I wanted to challenge myself with this language. So, I tried to make my first short film and I succeeded.
This is how I became a director, and this is my approach. It’s common to say but: working hard, with motivation and enthusiasm, and be very patient!
Hollywood World: Do filmmakers have any responsibility to culture? What message do you want to convey with your films?
Andrea Corsini: Culture is everyone responsibility. As filmmaker you can’t do anything without a producer, and a producer can’t do anything without the audience. I think that everyone has a role in culture, and a filmmaker has to be honest about the story intend to tell. I don’t know if there are messages to give, I think there are stories to tell and the audience can get its own personal message through them.
Hollywood World: What do you want to be remembered for in life? What valuable lessons have you learned that helped you become the person you are today?
Andrea Corsini: I can’t say if there is a precise reason I want to be remembered, but I decided to be a director so I try to create something can be remembered.
Hollywood World: What are your top five principles of success?
Andrea Corsini: Maybe success means just manage to do what you want to do. So rules are personally and anyone finds his own way. Mine is to try to have projects ready to be presented before start to talk about them, and work hard to prepare all the things.