"I started to hang out at the Palace many years ago. It was a world unto itself, a microcosm of rare creative freedom, totally cut off from reality. I had just started shooting the film when Mauro died suddenly. During the wake, I sensed that each of us was secretly comparing him- or herself to our dead friend, trying to understand how much we had in common with him and how much we didn't, we hoped, so we'd be spared such a grim fate. The enormous archives Mauro left behind constitute the relationship between our own image and the image the past returns to us through the oral and visual memories of our friends. The entire group, in fact, had acted for Mauro and to an extent plays itself for me as well, this time with no script, but with a large helping of irony, pitting fiction against reality." [Federica Di Giacomo]
Federica Di Giacomo graduated with a degree in anthropology in Florence. Her film Libera Nos won the Horizons Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2016, the Solinas Award for Best Documentary, Best Documentary at the Madrid Film Festival, and the Doc It Award. The film was shortlisted for the Silver Ribbons, the David of Donatello Awards, and the European Film Awards. Her previous credits include: The Grotesque Side of Life (2006), which won two awards at the Torino Film Festival, and Housing (2009), which screened at festivals such as Locarno, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, and Thessaloniki.