Inferno rosso. Joe D’Amato sulla via dell’eccesso, a documentary by Manlio Gomarasca and Massimiliano Zanin, presented by Nicolas Winding Refn, about filmmaker Aristide Massaccesi known as Joe D’Amato, joins the line-up of Special Screenings at the 78th Venice International Film Festival of La Biennale di Venezia.
Who was Aristide Massaccesi, alias Joe D’Amato? In America a horror film genius, in France a master of eroticism, in Italy the king of porn. Producer, director, author, electrician, cameraman and cinematographer. A man of a thousand pseudonyms who made hundreds of films ranging from spaghetti westerns to post-atomic films, from “decamerotic” to polished “eros”, from extreme porn to bloody horror. One hundred genres embodied in a single auteur. A fearless, mad, daring life dedicated to a single, unique, irrepressible and catastrophic obsession: the film set.
“To tell the story of Aristide Massaccesi,“ explain the directors Manlio Gomarasca and Massimiliano Zanin, “means telling the story of Italian genre cinema, from spaghetti westerns to horror and even porn, but also the remarkable life of a man who sacrificed everything for his great obsession: cinema! This incredible adventure was made possible by the contributions of cult Italian directors such as Lamberto Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Alberto De Martino and international directors such as Jess Franco and Eli Roth, and above all by the passion and commitment of a great author such as Nicolas Winding Refn”.
Nicolas Winding Refn stated: “Originality comes in many colors. And like it or not, Joe D’Amato is a SUPERNOVA!”