Participant profile: Ivan Cotroneo

We swoop into Italy to meet screenwriter Ivan Cotroneo.

Ivan Cotroneo

Ivan Cotroneo

Ivan was born in Naples, Italy,and studied screenwriting at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.

He has written several feature films with Italian directors, such as Pappi Corsicato (Chimera, The vesuvians), Renato De Maria (Paz!), Daniele Luchetti (Ginger and Cinnamon), Riccardo Milani (Piano, solo) and Maria Sole Tognazzi, (The man who loves).

He has also worked for several television shows, including writing the most scripts of Tutti pazzi per amore (There’s something about Love), directed by Riccardo Milani. This original series, released last year, won the prize Regia Televisiva 2009 for Fiction of the Year, and received a special Mention at the Golden Chest 2009 for best European Format.

The coming months will see the release of three feature films Ivan co-wrote with Ivan Cotroneo: I am Love directed by Luca Guadagnino, which was written with Barbara Alberti and Walter Fasano, The Front Line directed by Renato de Maria, written with Sandro Petraglia and Fidel Signorile, and Mine vaganti by Ferzan Ozpetek, written with Ferzan Ozpetek. All three movies are scheduled for important international distribution.

In 2010 the second season of There’s something about love (currently shooting) will be broadcast, as well as the two-part television drama Sisi, an Italian/Austrian/German coproduction directed by Xavier Schwartenberger, and written by Ivan Cotroneo with Monica Rametta.

Ivan is also the author of three novels, which have been published in Italy by Bompiani.  He’s been teaching screewriting for the last six years at the DAMS, Terza Università di Roma.

He’s currently working on the screen adaptation of his third novel, La Kryptonite nella borsa.


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