Carlo Nero

film director

Carlo Nero has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning films and documentaries including Roma Intorno a Roma (Rome around Rome) (3rd Prize winner in Documentary section of the 1991 Karlovy Vary Film Festival), A Kid From Bensonhurst (First Look showcase at Tribeca Film Center, New York 1994, Honorable Mention at the 1995 Columbus International Film and Video Festival) and Larry's Visit (winner of a Bronze Plaque at the 1995 Columbus International Film and Video Festival).

He co-wrote the screenplay for the feature-length action crime film The Touch (Il Tocco) (2001) and then wrote and directed his first full-length feature film Uninvited (with Mediaset 2002) based on the acclaimed novel by James Gabriel Berman (Warner Books), winning the Young Artists Award at the Tbilisi International Film Festival. It was also presented at 16 other International film festivals including Cannes, San Sebastian, Hollywood, Moscow, Karlovy Vari and Taormina.

The Fever (with HBO Films), his second feature-length film which he co-wrote and directed (produced with Jason Blum), was based on the acclaimed play by Wallace Shawn and starred Vanessa Redgrave with Angelina Jolie, Joely Richardson and Michael Moore. It received a Screen Actors Guild Nomination for its star (2007).

In 2005 he created the production company Dissent Projects with Vanessa Redgrave and directed and produced documentaries concerning the most pressing social and environmental issues of our times: Russia/Chechnya: Voices of Dissent (2005) about the history of the Russian-Chechen conflict and human rights abuses in Russia, Wake Up World (2006) a documentary about the history of UNICEF with Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave (Ischia Global Social Documentary Award 2008), the short film Bounce (2008) a fundraising project to help the underprivileged in African townships and shantytowns in association with Bill Kenwright Ltd, The Killing Fields (2010/11) commissioned by the Wildwood Trust, Bosnia Rising (2014) about solutions to the economic collapse of and social unrest in Bosnia Herzegovina made with the support of The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation in the United States.

In 2013 he wrote and directed the short drama The Call Out for Sky Arts Channel’s Playhouse Presents series, starring Stephen Graham, Vanessa Redgrave and Samantha Bond. It was rated the best of the series by the London Times. In 2015 he wrote, directed and co-produced Eyes of St John, a documentary for St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group set in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, winner of ‘Best International Documentary’ at the London International Short Film Festival, along with ‘Best Shorts – Award of Excellence’ and the ‘Humanitarian Award – Outstanding Achievement’ at the Global Film Awards.

In 2016/17 he produced the feature-length documentary Sea Sorrow, directed by Vanessa Redgrave, about the current international refugee crisis, which was officially selected for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Rome Festa Del Cinema along with invitations from numerous other international film festivals. In 2018 it will be distributed in the US by Kino Lorber and in Italy by Officine UBU.

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