Italy, 13′, 2020
Li Paradisi is the name of the family olive grove, once rich in olives and today infested by a parasite that has made the harvest poor. On a journey between present and past, Lucia, owner of the land together with her brother Donato, will have to make a decision where the future of her family and perhaps that of her land is at stake.
Born in Salento, the southern part of Apulia, in 1988. He grew up in Rome. During his studies in Holland he works with several film productions and starts directing music videos. In 2015 Manuel graduates from a Communication Bachelor degree in Amsterdam and moves back to Rome to study Screen Writing. In 2016 he takes part in a Directing course at the EICTV in Cuba. In 2017 his short film ‘OLVIDATE DE ESO’ entirely shot in Old Havana, is selected by many film festivals around the world, including ‘Young Italian Authors” at the Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. In 2018 he is selected by the Los Angeles advertising agency ’72andSunny’ to be one of their international team of creative.
In 2019 he starts working on ‘LI PARADISI’, his latest short film produced by Apulia FilmCommission. Manuel currently lives in Rome.