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Cristiano Anania was born in Rome in 1985. After graduating from the Tor Vergata University of Rome with a master’s degree in music and entertainment, he went on to become a film director. He has made several shorts, acknowledged among the best Italian short films, and has worked with famous directors and actors such as Tognazzi and Salvatore Esposito. His first short, “Languore”, was presented out of competition at the 61st Venice Film Festival in 2004. Since then, eight years passed before Anania made “Pollicino” (2012), the short that would make him one of the most awarded directors in Italy. “Pollicino” was selected for over 160 national and international festivals, collecting about 60 awards, was among the finalists of the 2012 Globo d’Oro, and was nominated for the Nastri D’Argento’s Cinemaster Studio Universal award. In 2014 Anania worked on his short “Buon San Valentino” with famous actors Colangeli and Borghi. In 2016, his short “Gameland” was deemed culturally significant and received funding from MIBACT. Following these successes, Anania devoted himself to his last short to date: “Respira” (2017). Like his previous films, it was received with great warmth and premiered at the 64th Taormina Film Festival in 2018. In 2019 his first feature-length film, “L’eroe”, was released in theatres. The film, winner of the Lucana Film Commission call, was nominated for the Ciak d’oro and the Kineo awards.