An Intervie with Piero Piromallo


Tell us about yourself. What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

Well I’m a painter. I will be in a art gallery in London this summer and Paris. This is my link Instagram artworks.piero_piromallo


I like the intensity. Strong emotions. Dreams in the subconscious and social problems. This in the cinema can be communicated beyond the appearances.


The body in motion with either dance or punches or simple movements conveys emotions. This often goes beyond words. You can communicate pain or joy without words.


Talk about your last work. What are some of the challenges you faced during production?

It was really difficult for me to find a luxury terrace where to shoot the dance scene with the soul because a hotel in Via Veneto where Fellini filmed la dolce vita demands disproportionate amounts but we managed to agree.



What makes you want to tell stories? In other words, what are the themes/issues you want to incorporate into your work?

Julia guns and blood is a dream. I dreamed of a girl made of emotions and a rollercoaster of emotions. Unfortunately it was only a dream but I tried to represent it. Then came a man with an ax and cut the emotions. Like the Indians against the invasion of the white man who built tracks on their mystical land. They massacred them. This is our space. We don't need military. But the heart. This is the deception. The betrayal. It is respect for my most emotional and spiritual view of life. Indians smoke the pipe of peace in silence while looking at the stars. They don't take trains. I dreamed of a valley with my roots and following them with this woman we went back to the stars. Is there a law that forbids taking dreams to the cinema?


Artist’s soul is different. A person born in a poorer neighborhood may be hiding a film or artistic talent. It is justice to give everyone a chance to express themselves. An actor. An actress. A painter. A singer. I took this concept to the extreme with a robber who wanted to paint despite the social disadvantages for which he is not to blame. This is the evil.


In life you go through grudges. Sweat blood tears. Then the crystal shines. There seems to me to be a Japanese expression for this

血と涙と汗と結晶だ

You have to go through your anxieties and fears and grudges to find peace.

Director Piero Piromallo

Please tell us about your vision and your method of approaching a new project?

I go quietly to a lonely place and think. Then I write and tell my friends what they think. If it's funny, that's a good sign. It also makes you think. As Calvino said, lightness is not shallowness and therefore thinking about serious issues with irony is the first step. I write and draw the scenes. Then I do inspections.


Who are your filmmaking influencers? What are the films that were influential for you?

My first inspiration in cinema was thanks to Bruce Lee. James Bond. Stanley Kubrick with A clockwork orange and The warriors of Walter Hill.


How do you think the industry is changing? How has COVID affected independent filmmaking/creation?

Cinema is facing a serious crisis. The university where I made my first job Julia did not allow me to enter. So I came up with something else. Never complain. In the end they applauded me.


What advice would you give to aspiring artists? What are some of the things they must follow/avoid?

The banality. I believe that life is too short to drink mediocre wines. We must be inspired but not copied. For me, having your own style is cool. We have a head to have our own opinion. They told me we are in Italy and here they only make comedies and dramas. But I like car racing and horror and martial arts. Say your sincere opinion. Express yourself sincerely.



Do you think films/stories can bring about a change in the world?

Yes, of course Jung was talking to us about the archetypes of the collective unconscious. Primordial images common to all that come to consciousness in the films. Through emotions.


What do you think people like to watch these days? Has the pandemic changed people's taste?

People mostly watch netflix. TV shows. I find them mediocre. A movie is more intense. Vikings was beautiful.


Please tell us about your project.

I am writing a film about an unjustly accused detective who has very intense dialogue with a psychologist sorceress. She removes lies in the memories and eventually when she discovers his innocence, love is born too. In his memories there will be an old enemy to be killed. I’ll call it “Up to the truth”.