-Who is Marco della Fonte?
I am an ordinary man who makes an ordinary life. I have a family that I love.
The difference is that I live for the cinema and its representations. So I live “normally” but in my human and artistic dimension that has generated over the years, within me, a kind of clear “mission” in my life: telling stories that can touch the hearts of others.
-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
At the age of 14 after school I worked as an assistant to a photographer. I learned the technique of images, but at the same time, I felt something inside of me, an attraction to the world seen through the lens of a camera It takes me into a different world where I fully recognise myself.
I recognise in myself the world I see through a camera. As if for me that “reality” (seen through the camera) represented the true nature of things and the world.
-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?
YES! It absolutely can contribute to a change of thoughts and culture. As well as all art in general. Cinema tells stories. Our life is made of stories. And the history of the world is made of stories. What is different is how one sees and perceives these stories. It is not enough to relate to the stories around us with a passive attitude. To change our personal condition as human beings, stories should be an opportunity to change ourselves, along with others. The problem is that today there is not this kind of artistic and creative ferment. The Nouvelle Vague represented a revolution in the thoughts and ways in which stories were told. The difference, therefore, in the end, is deciding whether to remain conservative or to be dreamers, people who want to change the world. Throughout the history of the twentieth century, ideology and utopia have contributed to an improvement of human beings from a reversal point of view, revolutions of certain systems, as well as a radical change in emotional relationships. Today we are experiencing a period of global uncertainty and human beings need to regain confidence in themselves and their potential. I am absolutely convinced that cinema helps to find oneself.
-What would you change in the world?
Ignorance begets monsters. So does greed and lust for power. Capitalism has generated an illusory lifestyle in which consumption and lifestyle push us to consume useless things. I believe that the “evil” of the world comes mainly from the imperialist mentality that certain nations still have. Especially America thanks to the support of Hollywood propaganda has always tried to find the evil enemies in their stories: in the 60s’ enemies were the Native Americans, then the Vietnamese, Cambodians, the Russians during the cold war, Cubans, Arabs, Palestinians, Iranians, and finally Chinese. I would like to say that this imperialist propaganda system, even in cinema, has generated only a distortion of history which, in turn, has produced a prejudice and a judgment on different ones, on those who feel different or outside this logic.
–Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
I believe in the positive potential of human beings and therefore in the future I see a return to the simplicity of life. Now we see everything, especially in the entertainment industry, where stories are built in dystopian worlds, sometimes terrible and catastrophic worlds, where humanity often has no hope or has to fight with “higher forces”. There is an overabundance of visual information, a visionary overdose that also extends in the social network, in which even ignorant people feel the protagonists of nothing. There are many Apps that make you more beautiful (but still not smarter) and Apps that generate VFX that we can use in our personal lives. All this “quest for nothingness” I hope will lead humanity to a collective awakening that could dust off the simple stories that reach everyone’s heart.