Lorenzo Muscoso

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Lorenzo Muscoso
Musoso receives an award from the Commander of the U.S Marines

Lorenzo Muscoso (Catania, 30 September)[citation needed] is an Italian director, author and journalist.


Muscoso graduated in 2011 on the major of Cinema, Critic and Multimedia Production in DAMS of the University of Roma 3, with a bachelor thesis on Paolo Sorrentino and the Rossellini Audiovisual Institute.

He made his directorial debut in 2008, participating in a contest promoted by Negramaro and Jovanotti for the production of the video "Safari Remix" at which was attributed a social connotation.[1]

The Duell, the theatrical opera directed by Lorenzo Muscoso

In 2009 he wrote and directed "Emozioni senza barriere" (Emotions without boundaries), a short film that relates to the disability and the emotions, project for which Muscoso received an award for the social journalism, published also from the Corporate Bracco as a contribution for the cultural development on the social problems.[2] The film received the Special Mention at the Sicilian Miami Fest and the Oscar for the best short film at the Festival del cinema dello Stretto.[3] In 2010, in collaboration with the actor Enrico Lo Verso and the musician Gabriele Denaro, he created the work Sensibilità Sonore, dedicated to topics such as marginalization, poverty and childhood. The following year, he produced the documentary "Il rimorso" (the remorse), a video that narrates violence against the women. The project was being projected every year during national conferences in various Italian cities and received an award for the Social Communication. The journal Fatto Quotidiano considered it as "a virtuous example that denounces the wrong".[4] It was previewed at the Camera dei deputati della regione Lazio (Chamber of Deputies of the Region of Lazio)[5] and introduced the conference "Lui per Lei - un ponte fra Napoli e New York"[6] at the city Partenopea and at the municipality of Fiumincino by the iniziative of the Assesorato alle politiche sociali (Department of social policies)[7] as well as the event "Io non ci sto più" (I am non there anymore) dedicated to the memory Eligia Ardita, a victim of a femicide act.[8]

La Lupa, the theatrical opera directed by Lorenzo Muscoso

In 2013 he directed the documentary "Streghe a Pachino: Un caso giornalistico irrisolto" (Witches at Pachino: An unsolved journalistic case),[9] recovering after 50 years, a mysterious fact initially narrated by Beppe Ferrara in 1963 that burst a war between the media, the politics and the omertà.[10] The same year he films three special documentaries about Mario Sesti, Sergio Donati and the musician Mauro Di Domenico. He carried out interviews with personalities from the show business, created web projects, such as the ObamaStay, a project that promotes and supports the election of the American president, which received the appreciation from the Woman for Obama and from the Electionpaper, concerning the Italian elections reported by the press agencies Agi and RAI.

Maria Grazia Cucinotta receives a Career Award at Festival Verghiano 2017

He wrote for the Sindacato Nazionale di Critica (National Syndicate of Italian Film Critics). He contributed in the distribution of the film "Midway" and with the production company Arbash for the film "Blaise''. He was responsible for the communication for the New World of the Cirque du Soleil in one of their stops in Sicily, for the direction of the Euro-Mediterranean award that took place at the Campidoglio in Rome and the artistic coordination of the Western Fest of Orvieto and the Indie Media Fest. From 2014 he is devoted actively for the promotion of the Patrimonio Verghiano, redeveloping the historical Cunziria, the original film location of the famous Cavalleria Rusticana, directed by Franco Zeffirelli and inspiration scenery of the homonymous novel of the writer Giovanni Verga. Muscoso eventually turned the ancient village into a stage denominating it Teatro Cunziria. In 2014 in collaboration with the American Naval air station of Sigonella, he came up with the socio-cultural iniziative project "Marines meet Verga",[11] an operation for the rural development of the Cunziria, constructing a fence inside the area. The action was repeated in 2016 and 2017 with the newer operation "Marines revisit Verga" that completes the internal fencing.[12] Those projects attracted the interest of the United States Department of Defense which attributed him two recognition awards for his iniziatives.[13]

Verga Film Festival 2017, Vizzini

He wrote, directed and adapted in the location various theatrical operas such as "Il Duello",[14] based on the famous duel between Alfio e Turiddu receiving great success from the public and the press, the "Presepe Verghiano"[15] and the itinerant opera "Romazo Verghiano'".[16]

In 2016 he assumes the artistic direction of the Festival Verghiano,[17] on the occasion of the Verghiane, the historical manifestations that began in 1967 by the director Alfredo Mazzone, producing ten days of theatrical operas that placed a Vizzini and Catania. For the occasion he realized a 10-day theatrical, film and cultural event, some of which were the opera "La lupa",[18] performed in the location where the film adaptation by Gavriele Lavia was staged, the 4th edition of the Romanzo Verghiano and Cultura Verghiana. For the occasion he also directed the operas Jeli il Pastore, I Malavoglia, La Roba e Storia di una Capinera. Moreover, in collaboration with the Superintendence of cultural heritage of Catania, realizes the theatrical performances ''Frammenti rusticani in scena'' at the Palazzo Vaccarini.

Festival Verghiano 2017. Scene from ''La Lupa''

On April 2017 he promoted the educational project Cultura Verghiana, where more than 2000 students from middle, senior high schools and universities participated, including US High Schools and Erasmus scholars.[19] The initiative receives the appreciation of the Minister of Education Valeria Fedeli and is supported by the European Parliament with the praise of the President Antonio Tajani and Petra kammerevert, President of the European Commission of Culture.

The Festival Verghiano 2017 had as a ''godmother'' the actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta who receives a Career Award[20][21]. The festival was attended by about 1,500 people. The director Lorenzo Muscoso staged Jeli il pastore , in a version inspired by Amlets' madness and the drama of La Lupa. The event concludes with the Verga Film Festival, an event that celebrates the real and social cinema with many guests of the world of the entertainment.[22]

On September of the same year, he launched the initiative in various cities within the world of the "Infiorata Rusticana"[23], floral compositions that narrate the myth of Cavalleria Rusticana and other novels of the writer Giovanni Verga as long as the photographic exhibition ''Frammenti Rusticani'', initiatives dedicated to Giovanni Verga and promoted by the director on the occasion of the nomination of Sicily as a Capital of Culture for the year 2018.


Direction, Screenplay, Production[edit]

  • Safari Remix (Contest - 2008)
  • Emozioni senza barriere (2009)
  • Il Rimorso (2011)
  • Prospettive Filosofiche nella critica cinematografica (2013)
  • I Riflessi dell’Anima Sonora (2013)
  • C’era una volta il Western (2013)
  • Streghe a Pachino (2013)



Direction, Screenplay, Production[edit]

  • Il Duello (2014)
  • Romanzo Verghiano (2014)
  • Presepe Verghiano (2014)
  • La lupa (2016-2017)
  • La Roba (In 1st Romanzo Verghiano) (2015)
  • Nedda (In 1st Romanzo Verghiano) (2015)
  • Rosso Malpelo (ln 1st Romanzo Verghiano) (2015)
  • Jeli il Pastore (ln 3rd Romanzo Verghiano) (2016)
  • I Malavoglia (In 3rd Romanzo Verghiano) (2016)
  • Jeli il Pastore - The drama (2017)

Artistic direction and coordination[edit]

  • Premio Euromediterraneo Roma (2011)
  • Catania Film Festival (2012)
  • Western Festival (2012)
  • Indie Media Fest (2012)
  • Sapori Rusticani (2016-2017)
  • Festival Verghiano (2016-2017)


  • 2008 : Fondazione Sodalitas - National award for the social journalism for the documentary Emozioni senza barriere
  • 2009 : Festival Dello Stretto - Corto Oscar for the documentary Emozioni senza barriere
  • 2010 : Festival S.Giovanni La Punta - Award for the communication of the project Rimorso
  • 2014 : Comando Generale U.S Marines - Encomium from the commander of the U.S Marines for the project Marines meet Verga
  • 2014 : Aci Galatea - Award 49° Aci Galatea
  • 2016 : Ministero della Difesa Usa, Sigonella - Award for the project and the direction of the operation Marines Revisit Verga
  • 2017 : Award to Lorenzo Muscoso for the operation Marines Rusticani


  1. ^ "Safari Remix: Video Sociale". 2008.
  2. ^ "Award Sodalitas". corporate.bracco.com. 23 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Exhibition of the Cinema dello stretto". ecodelsud.over-blog.net. 3 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Le donne oggetti fragili e i danni delle istituzioni". ilfattoquotidiano.it. 22 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Documentary Il rimorso". movieplayer.it. 25 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Convention "Lui per Lei - un Ponte tra Napoli e New York"". comune.napoli.it. 25 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Innovative projects to protect the women, victims of violence". fregeneonline.com. 28 November 2015.
  8. ^ "International day against the violence of the women". infovizzini.it. 26 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Interview with Lorenzo Muscoso". catania.liveuniversity.it. 13 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Documentary Witches at Pachino". ansa.it. 14 May 2015.
  11. ^ "The marines will clean the Cunziria". ansa.it. 14 August 2014.
  12. ^ "A' Cunziria: Un borgo da custodire e valorizzare". biancamagazine. 8 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Muscoso's projects in collaboration with the U.S marines". dvidshub.net.
  14. ^ "The Duel - The cinema reinvents the theater at Vizzini on 25 and 26 April". movieplayer.it. 24 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Vizzini, big affluence for the Presepe Verghiano". atania.blogsicilia.it. 29 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Vizzini: on stage the novel "Romanzo Verghiano" directed by Lorenzo Muscoso". siracusatimes.it. 20 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Returns the Festival Verghiano at Vizzini and Catania" (PDF). ilmercatinosicilia.it. 9 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Vizzini: Friday at Borgo Cunziria, on the scene the opera "La Lupa"". lagazzettadelcalatino.it. 15 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Sicilia: a Vizzini studenti e docenti per progetto 'Cultura Verghiana'". Adnkronos. 21 April 2017.
  20. ^ "A Vizzini si chiude il Festival Verghiano, premio alla carriera a Maria Grazia Cucinotta". Adnkronos. 19 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Maria Grazia Cucinotta ospite al Festival Verghiano". L'urlo. 16 September 2017.
  22. ^ ""Verghiane", Vizzini celebra lo scrittore con Placido e Sardo". palermo.repubblica.it. 22 August 2017.
  23. ^ "L'Infiorata Rusticana porta il mito di Alfio e Turiddu nel mondo". Blasting news. 16 June 2017.

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