“My memory of Francesco Rosi” by Michele Diomà

2022 November 26

“My memory of Francesco Rosi” by Michele Diomà

On the 15th of November the Italian and International press has celebrated the centenary of

Francesco Rosi, Master of civil commitment cinema, Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for

“The Mattei Affair” and author of masterpieces as “Salvatore Giuliano” and “Hands over the City”.

His films have also inspired true genius of the Seventh Art such as Francis Ford Coppola and

Martin Scorsese.

I’ve wanted to wait a few days before celebrating also on Wild Filmmaker the centenary of

Francesco Rosi because I have a difficult relationship with anniversaries.

But at the end I felt it was the right thing to do, being the last filmmaker to have directed a project

in which Francesco Rosi participated.

It was 2013 when I realized one of my dreams, to meet personally a film maker that I had always

admired since I was a teenager and lived in Naples, the same city where Francesco Rosi was born.

I would have never imagined that one day I would be able to involve him in one of my project, but

it happened. It was possible thanks to the generosity and sincere willingness of Francesco Rosi

towards young filmmakers.

I believe the best way to remember Francesco Rosi is by rewatching his movies and learn from his


Today a filmmaker that “doesn’t betray the truth” as Francesco Rosi did, in Italy could not make

movies, would not find producers or public fundings.

The cinema Made in Italy state-funded is living bad years, that is why I felt the moral duty to

establish an international and free Magazine as Wild Filmmaker.

Italy is at the 58th place concerning press freedom according to the latest ranking released by the

“World Press Freedom Index”. There is no NGO that deals with assessing freedom of expression

inside cinema, I wouldn’t know how to assess the situation in other countries, but I can assess the

Italian reality, which among the other Western countries I place at the last position.

Cheers to Francesco Rosi today and forever!