Conversazioni animate is a book on contemporary Italian animation divided into three parts: the first takes the form of a conversation between the author and Bruno Bozzetto on the evolution of Italian animation from the 1970s to the present day.
The second part contains a series of eleven interviews with Italian directors – drawers, artisans of cinema – who, even though they use different techniques, are bound by the same pictorial and material approach to animation. The third section contains a QR code with links to short films by the interviewed directors.
The three parts are interchangable: the reader can decide to watch the videos first and then read the interviews, or viceversa. The order is only indicative. Conversazioni animati, edited by RAUM Italic Edizioni and distributed in Italy by Corraini, is a book for everyone, passionate fans of cinema and newcomers alike. A book full of surprise and enchantment.
Maria Pia Saltillo was born on 8 November 1986. A graduate of the Liceo Classico di Benevento and law graduate from the Università degli Studi di Siena. During her time at university, she discovered the experimental cinema of Maya Deren and Chris Marker, Alberto Grifi’s dream machines and home movies by Alina Marazzi and Jonas Mekas. She has always been fascinated by the potentials of combining collage and found footage (LUX, 2012; Carnival of a dreamer, 2014), and in 2013, she began her own personal research on Italian animation for the cinema. She currently collaborates with Beatrice Pucci, inspired by the Italian Fairytales of Italo Calvino.