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Marta Donzelli

Marta Donzelli




Decision Maker 2019
Decision Maker 2018
Decision Maker 2017
Decision Maker 2015
FeatureLab Jury 2014
Decision Maker 2012


Marta Donzelli was born in Turin in 1975. She lives and works in Rome. After a graduate degree, she finished her PhD in Philosophy in 2004, with a thesis on Edmund Husserl. The same year, with Gregorio Paonessa, she established Vivo film, an independent production company for art-house films.

She is currently Head of the Editorial Secretariat and Member of the Editorial Board at Donzelli Publishing House. She is member of the Direction board of the Associazione Corso Salani, created in 2010, after the premature passing of the Italian filmmaker, to promote his work and independent filmmakers from all over the world.

Vivo film’s productions have been selected by some of the most prestigious international film festivals. In 2007 Il mio paese by Daniele Vicari won a David di Donatello (Italian Film Academy) as “Best Documentary” and in Locarno, Imatra by Corso Salani, was awarded a Pardo d’Oro, Special Jury Prize of “Cineasti del Presente”. In 2010 Le Quattro volte by Michelangelo Frammartino, was premiered in Cannes Director’s Fortnight Section and won the Europa Cinema Label Award. Since then, it has been sold in more than 45 countries, and has been travelling around the most prestigious festivals receiving countless awards.

In 2011 she was Italy’s “Producer on the Move” at Cannes Film Festival; together with Gregorio Paonessa for Le Quattro volte she was awarded the “Ciak d’Oro” as Best Producer and was nominated as Best Producer for the David di Donatello Awards.

Her last credits as a producer include: Alberi by Michelangelo Frammartino, a cinematic installation in loop that has been world premiered in the prestigious V/W Dome of MoMA PS1, in partnership with Tribeca Film Festival in April 2013; Sangue by Pippo Del Bono presented in competition at Locarno Film Festival; Via Castellana Bandiera by Emma Dante presented in competition at the 70° Venice Film Festival, awarded with the Coppa Volpi for the Best Actress; Wolf by Claudio Giovannesi awarded the Jury Award at Torino Film Festival Italiana Doc Competition in November 2013.

With Vivo film she is currently committed – among others - in the postproduction of Sworn Virgin the first feature film by Laura Bispuri (selected last year by the Angers Workshop) and in the preparation of Michelangelo Frammartino’s next long feature project Tarda primavera Zena el-Khalil’s Beirut I love you.

company profile

VIVO FILM, established in 2004 by Gregorio Paonessa and Marta Donzelli, is an independent production company with a catalogue of films presented and awarded at the most prestigious festivals worldwide.

Vivo Film’s credits include Michelangelo Frammartino’s LE QUATTRO VOLTE, Europa Cinemas Label Award at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2010; Emma Dante’s A STREET IN PALERMO, which won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival in 2013; SWORN VIRGIN and DAUGHTER OF MINE by Laura Bispuri, both premiered in Competition at the Berlinale in 2015 and in 2017; Andrea De Sica’s CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, Silver Ribbon Award for Best New Director in 2017; NICO, 1988 by Susanna Nicchiarelli, awarded as Best Film Orizzonti at the Venice Film Festival in 2017 and with 4 David di Donatello.

In 2019 Vivo film presented two films in the Panorama section of the Berlinale: DAFNE by Federico Bondi and FLESH OUT by Michela Occhipinti, while SIMPLE WOMEN by Chiara Malta has its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival.
In 2020 SIBERIA by Abel Ferrara premiered in Competition at the Berlinale.

Vivo film is also currently committed in the post-production of MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli.