Manlio Gomarasca

Manlio Gomarasca

Still: Inferno rosso: Joe D’Amato sulla via dell’eccesso

Manlio GOMARASCA (Italy, 1972) is a filmmaker and programmer, as well as the founder and chief editor of the Nocturno Cinema magazine, an Italian review dedicated to popular and genre cinema. He has worked as programmer for the Locarno Film Festival, the Rome Film Festival, and for The Quinzaine des Réalisateurs of Cannes. Gomarasca was also a curator for the retrospective Spaghetti Western with Quentin Tarantio for the Venice International Film Festival. As author, he published amongst others Dario Argento: l’immagine della paura (2004) and La piccola cineteca degli orrori (2009). Since 2015 he has been involved in film distribution at Koch Media, for which he founded the Midnight Factory label, where he is the artistic director. His first directed documentary short Fernando di Leo: La morale del genere/Fernando di Leo: the Morality of Genres was presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2004. Gomarasca co-directed the documentary Inferno rosso: Joe D’Amato sulla via dell’eccesso/ Inferno rosso: Joe D’Amato On the Road to Excess (2021) with Massimiliano Zanin, exploring the work and life of cult film director Aristide Massaccesi known as Joe D’Amato. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the Sitges Documenta award for Best Film at Sitges - the Catalonian International Film Festival.

Filmography

(selection) Fernando di Leo: La morale del genere/Fernando di Leo: the Morality of Genres (2004, short doc), L'Esorcismo di Lisa (2004, short doc), Il castello dell'orrore (2004, short doc), Roger Fratter Totally Uncut (2010, doc), Sherry Holocaust: Interview with Actress Sherry Buchanan (2016, short doc), The Wizard of Gore: A Conversation with Tom Savini (2016, short doc), Parlando Dei Morti: A Conversation with Nicolas Winding Refn (2016, short doc), I Am Your Black Queen: Archival Audio Interview with Actress Laura Gemser (2018, short doc), From Switzerland to Mato Grosso: An Interview with Actress Monika Zanchi (2018, short doc), Dr. O'Brien MD: An Interview with Actor Donald O'Brien (2018, short doc), A Nun Among the Cannibals: An Interview with Actress Annamaria Clementi (2018, short doc), Inferno rosso: Joe D'Amato sulla via dell'eccesso/Inferno rosso: Joe D’Amato On the Road to Excess (2021, doc)