Marcello Zappatore is a 33 year old from Lecce. He earns a living by playing electric guitar in a well-known local Satanist heavy metal band.
However, Marcello has a physical problem: an uncomfortable itch on the side of his rib cage that soon turns out to be stigmata.
Divine intervention or need for a change?
Marcello does not know the answer, although the stigma is causing him many problems.
In one go, due to his newly acquired (yet unintentional) closeness to God, he loses his girlfriend and the flat they share together. He’s also kicked out of the band, hence losing his job. Marcello now finds himself ready to undertake a very personal voyage between two very different and incompatible worlds…that of God and that of Rock.
He is accompanied by his bigot mother, that tries to put him on the road to redemption by having him locked into a convent, and by his grandmother, a very eccentric woman that incites him not to give up on Rock’n’Roll. Old and new friends alike, they all try to get Marcello to do the right thing.
But what is the right thing for Marcello?
Abandon the music of Satan and listen to the word of God or forget about divine intervention and pursue his dream of musical glory?
Will he be able to find common ground between opposed universes?
Born in Lecce, Apulia, in 1976, Massimiliano Verdesca begins his working career in advertising, as a copywriter for D’Adda, Lorenzini, Vigorelli, BDDO, one of the most young and dynamic agencies in Italy. Here, he works for clients such as Cartoon Network and Pepsi. After a couple of years he leaves Milan to move to New York, where he enrols at the New York Film Academy to study Film Making.
Once back in Italy, he collaborates on different projects for several production companies (h Films; The Family; Fargo; Apnea Film). His first commercial is for the launch of MTV’s digital platform channel, a job for which he is shortlisted at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. He also directs commercials for Banca Intesa, Inter Milan Football Club, MediaWorld, The Club, Pangea, Bonduelle and Accademia di Comunicazione.
In 2005 he co-produces the movie "Onde". In the meantime he starts writing his first short movie project, "In Religioso Disagio", the story of a young guitarist in his hometown of Lecce. The film, shot and produced by Massimiliano, is chosen to take part at the Rotterdam International Film Festival the following year. Its success gains the film entry to several other festivals: Milano Film Festival, Italy; Arcipelago International Short Film Festival, Italy; Kolkata International Film Festival, India; River's Edge Film Festival, U.S.A; Reelheart Toronto Film Festival, Canada.
The short movie is part of a wider project that brings to the screen the life and wonderful world of Marcello Zappatore. Initially the main character of a "digital portrait" created and broadcast by MTV in 2004, the project also included a specially designed book of stills from the video material as well as the feature length movie "W Zappatore".
"In religioso disagio" (2005), Directed by M. Verdesca
"Happy Family" (2010), Directed by G. Salvatores
"Sleepless" (2009), Directed by M. De Panfilis
"Chi nasce tondo" (2008), Directed by A. Valori
"Il cuore altrove" (2003), Directed by Pupi Avati
"Camerieri" (1995), Directed by L. Pompucci
"Cenerentola '80" (1984), Directed by R. Malenotti
"Grog" (1982), Directed by F. Laudadio
"Tesoromio" (1979), Directed by G. Paradisi
"Ri-avanti marsh!" (1979), Directed by L. Salce
"Bang Bang Kid" (1967), Directed by L. Lelli
"Per amore...per magia..." (1967), Directed by D.Tessari
"La notte pazza del conigliaccio" (1967), Directed by A. Angeli
"Come imparai ad amare le donne" (1966), Directed by L. Salce
"Giulietta degli spiriti" (1965), Directed by F. Fellini
"Le belle famiglie" (1964), Directed by U. Gregoretti
"La donna è una cosa meravigliosa" (1964), Directed by M. Bolognini
"L'ombrellone" (1965), Directed by D. Risi
"Amori pericolosi" (1964), Directed by A. Giannetti
"I castrati" (1964), Directed by P. Festa-Campanile
"Frenesia dell'estate" (1964), Directed by L. Zampa
"8 1/2" (1963), Directed by F. Fellini
"La visita" (1963), Directed by A. Pietrangeli
"Chi vuol dormire nel mio letto?" (1963), Directed by A. Hunebelle
"Fantasmi a Roma" (1961), Directed by A. Pietrangeli
"Vanina, Vanini" (1961), Directed by R. Rossellini
"Gli scontenti" (1961), Directed by G. Lipartiti
"Asfalto che scotta" (1960), Directed by C. Sautet
"Adua e le compagne" (1960), Directed by A. Pietrangeli
"Furore di vivere" (1959), Directed by M. Boisrond
"La giumenta verde" (1959), Directed by C. Autan-Lara
"Erode il grande" (1959), Directed by Viktor Tourjansky (aka A. Genoino)
"Vite perdute" (1959), Directed by A. Bianchi
"Appuntamento con il delitto" (1959), Directed by E. Molinaro
"Il generale della Rovere" (1959), Directed by R. Rossellini
"Lo specchio a due facce" (1958), Directed by A. Cayatte
"Totò nella Luna" (1958), Directed by Steno
"La donna che venne dal mare" (1957), Directed by F. De Robertis
"Eliana e gli uomini" (1956), Directed by J. Renoir
"Mogli e buoi..." (1956), Directed by L. De Mitri
"Lo Scapolo" (1955), Directed by A. Pietrangeli
"Amleto", Directed by Tato Russo
"Una tragedia reale", Directed by G. Patroni Griffi
"Di profilo sembra pazzo", Directed by C. Insegno
"Il padre della sposa", Directed by S. Japino
"Otto donne e un mistero", Directed by C. Insegno
"Il letto ovale", Directed by G. Landi
1966: Silver Ribbon, Best Supporting Actress, "Giulietta degli spiriti" (F. Fellini)
1964: Silver Ribbon, Best Supporting Actress, "8 1/2" (F. Fellini)
"L'erede" (2010), Regia M. Zampino
"Stare fuori" (2008), Directed by F. M. Lozzi
"Trilogia su A.Moro", Directed by A. Grimaldi
"Educazione Sentimentale di Eugenie" (2005), Directed by A. Grimaldi
"Raul" (2005), Directed by A. Bolognini
"Eden" (2004), Directed by F. Bonzi
"Volesse il cielo" (2002), Directed by V. Salemme
"Un mondo d'amore" (2002), Directed by A. Grimaldi
"E adesso sesso" (2001), Directed by C. Vanzina.
"Iris" (2000), Directed by A. Grimaldi.
"Maestrale" (2000), Directed by S. Cecca.
"Panarea" (1997), Directed by Pipolo.
"Vite strozzate" (1996), Directed by R. Tognazzi
"Le buttane" (1994), Directed by A. Grimaldi
"La scorta" (1993), Directed by R. Tognazzi
"Uomo di rispetto" (1992), Directed by D. Damiani
"Ragazzi fuori" (1990), Directed by M. Risi
"La sposa era bellissima" (1986), Directed by P. Gabol
"Chiedo asilo" (1979), Directed by M. Ferreri
"Corleone" (1977), Directed by P. Squitieri
2011: Busto Arsizio Film Festival, BA Film Commission Special Award, "L’erede" (M. Zampino)
1994: Festival di Cannes, Nominata come Migliore Attrice, "Le buttane" (A.Grimaldi)
"Liolà", Directed by G. Proietti (nominated for Theater Oscar, 2006)
"Questa sera si recita a soggetto" by L. Pirandello, Directed by K.Bayer (Teatro Burg, Vienna)
"Le cicale mi hanno resa pazza", Directed by L. Puggelli
"Inferno di Dante", Directed by L. Salveti
"Ma non è una cosa seria" by L. Pirandello, Directed by W. Manfrè
"Uno sguardo dal ponte" by A. Miller, Directed by M. Placido (Salvo Randone Award as Best Actress)
"La bisbetica domata", Directed by W. Manfrè
"La confessione", Directed by W. Manfrè (Teatro Piccolo, Milan)
"Omaggio ai corpi incorrotti delle beate" by B. Monroy, Directed by W. Manfrè
"La lunga vita di Marianna Ucria", Directed by L. Puggelli (Teatro Stabile, Catania)
"Igne Migne", Directed by G. Strelher (Teatro Piccolo, Milan)
"Il berretto a sonagli" (La saracena), Directed by M. Bolognini
"Antigone" di Sofocle, Directed by G. Di Martino (Teatro Stabile, Catania)
"Caccia al lupo" by G. Verga, Directed by L. Puggelli (Teatro Stabile, Catania)
"Il gallo" by V. Brancati, Directed by L. Puggelli (Plexus)
"Stracci", Directed by F. Crivelli (Teatro Stabile, Catania)
"Sinfonie d'amore", Directed by G. Fava
"I Malavoglia" by G. Verga, Directed by L. Puggelli (Teatro Stabile, Catania)
"Il giardino dei ciliegi" by A. Cecov, Directed by L. Puggelli (Teatro Stabile, Catania)
"La restibile ascesa di Artur UI" by B. Brecht, Directed by G. Sepe
"Efigenia in Tauride", Directed by L. Puggelli (Teatro Antico, Siracusa)
"Il Miles gloriosus" by Plato, Directed by R. Bernardi
"Giovanni Arce filosofo", Directed by L. Puggelli (Teatro Stabile, Catania)
"Il ratto di Proserpina", Directed by G. De Monticelli
"Così è se vi pare" by L. Pirandello, Directed by G. Sepe
"La lupa" by G. Verga, Directed by L. Puggelli (Plexus)
"Vita dei campi", Directed by L. Puggelli (Teatro Stabile, Catania)
"La voce del sangue", Directed by A. Di Robilant (RAI 1)
"Donne di mafia", Directed by G. Ferrara (RAI 2)
"Maria figlia del suo figlio", Directed by F. Costa (Canale 5)
"Il Commissario Montalbano", Directed by Sironi (RAI 1)
"Operazione Odissea", Directed by C. Fragasso (Canale 5)
"Squadra speciale scomparsi", Directed by C. Bonivento (Canale 5)
"La Dottoressa Giò", Directed by F. Di Luigi (Rete 4)
"S.P.Q.R.", Directed by C. Risi (Italia 1)
"La madre inutile", Directed by J. Sanchez (RAI 2)
"La Piovra 9", Directed by G. Battiato (RAI 1 - RAI 3)
"Cosa Voglio di più" (2010), Directed by S. Soldini
"Una moglie bellissima" (2007), Directed by L. Pieraccioni
"Agata e la tempesta" (2004), Directed by S. Soldini
"L'uomo in più" (2001), Directed by P. Sorrentino
"Non è giusto" (2001), Directed by A. De Lillo
"Estate romana" (2000), Directed by M. Garrone
"Pianese Nunzio, 14 anni a Maggio" (1996), Directed by A. Capuano
"Terremoto con madre e figlia" by F. Ramondino, Directed by M. Martone
"Mamma" by A. Ruccello, Directed by P.P. Sepe
"American blues" by T. Williams, Directed by P.P. Sepe
"Che bella giornata ! " from M. De Ghelderode, Directed by D. Iodice
"Caterinetta di Heilbronn" di H. Von Kleist, Directed by C. Lievi
"Le false confidenze" by Marivaux, Directed by T. Servillo
"La lezione" by E. Ionesco, Directed by M. Nappo e A. Cirillo
"Tartufo" by Molière, Directed by T. Servillo
"Le nozze" by A. Cechov, Directed by C. Cecchi
"Sik Sik" by E. De Filippo, Directed by C. Cecchi
"Sabato, Domenica e Lunedì" (2005), Directed by P. Sorrentino
"In kantina", Directed by D. Formica
"I delitti del cuoco", Directed by A. Capone
1994: National Award "La zanzara d'oro", Best Female Comedian
"In religioso disagio"(2005), Directed by M. Verdesca
Business graduate (Manchester, UK), Simon works in marketing in London before moving to Milan and entering the advertising world. He moves into production, working on several international commercials and, as a freelance executive producer, on several short movies.
In 2005 he co-produces his first feature "Onde", before moving to Mumbai, India, where he lives until 2008, helping in developing and putting together different projects, including an independent Hindi feature film.
Upon his return to Italy, he joins forces with Apnea Film to begin production on "W Zappatore".
Whilst still following promotion for the film, Simon is now working on other international co-production film projects.
Starting as a music video director, working with Carmen Consoli, Morgan, Litfiba and Negrita amongst others, in 2005 he directs his first feature movie, "Onde". The film is selected at several International film festivals, including Rotterdam in 2005.
At present, Francesco is preparing to direct his second feature film, "Mi chiedo quando ti mancherò" ("I wonder when you’ll miss me").
After graduating from Milan’s Cinema School, Matteo begins at the deep end, taking on the executive production of Apnea Film’s first feature film, "Onde". He then moves into television, gaining extensive experience working as a Production Manager for Endemol Italy.
At the end of 2008, Matteo becomes a partner in Apnea Film, and begins the production of "W Zappatore".
Matteo is currently living in Hong Kong, developing international projects that can build a bridge between east and west.
Production Companies: Rock’n’Dog; Apnea Film (www.apneafilm.it)
Performed by Marcello Zappatore – Music by Marcello Zappatore; Lyrics by Massimiliano Verdesca and Andrea De Giorgi
Performed by Marcello Zappatore - Music by Marcello Zappatore - Lyrics by Pier Paolo Pasolini, from "Supplica a Mia Madre", 1964