United States / Italy 2016, 80 min, English, French and Italian, Hebrew & English subtitles
When the son of Franca Sozzani, the powerful editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, decided to make a movie about her, he didn’t know he was documenting her final years. Sozzani, who passed away in December, wasn’t an easy person to interview. Her independent spirit, which guided her 28-year tenure as editor of the world’s boldest, most inventive fashion magazine, made for a tumultuous shoot; running the gamut—according to the director—“between lots of fuck you’s and lots of I love you’s”. This mother-son relationship led to a particularly intimate film. This portrait of Sozzani, who turned the fashion pages into a place for tackling burning social issues (oil spills, plastic surgery, violence against women), also features personal accounts from Gianni and Donatella Versace, Bruce Webber, Naomi Campbell, Karl Lagerfeld and others.
Production: Steph Scire, David Codikow, Daniele Di Lorenzo
Editing: Asher Bingham
Cinematography: Alexander Dynan
Music: Daniel Heath
Francesco Carrozzini is an Emmy award nominated director, well known internationally for his cinematic style in portrait photography. His career started in 2001 at age 19, while still in college as a philosophy major, when he directed a promo for Italian MTV. He has since directed short films, documentaries, commercials and music videos, which have been featured in such competitions as the Venice Film Festival and the Lions in Cannes.
Francesco also pioneered the New York Times “Screen Tests” series, a collection of interviews featuring some of today’s most influential people.
His photographs have appeared on the covers and pages of Vanity Fair, L’uomo Vogue, the New Yorker, W, Rolling Stone, Pop, New York Magazine and Vogue Italia, amongst others. He has photographed personalities as diverse as Robert de Niro, Kanye West, Naomi Campbell, Angelina Jolie, Michael Bloomberg, Tony Blair, Keith Richards, Beyonce’ and Jeff Koons, to name a few.
Francesco lives and works between Los Angeles and New York City.