by Mario Martone
Country: Italy
Year: 2023
Duration: 52'

Mimmo Jodice through the eyes of Mario Martone. A narrative that unfolds through images and words, memories, and testimonies from the great photographer and various artists, gallery owners, and intellectuals of different generations who, in various ways, have come into contact with his work: from Francesco Vezzoli to Antonio Biasiucci, from Marino Niola to Stefano Boeri, from Lucia and Laura Trisorio to Lia Rumma, all the way to Angela Jodice, who shared life with him and was the first to see and support his potential as an artist. We follow Jodice into his studio, where memories crowd and merge with the extraordinary images from the archive. Decades of work and research come alive in his words and in the slow, precise movements of his hands. He shows us the secrets of the darkroom, narrates his approach: the first photographs, the experiments of the sixties and then the seventies, the politically and socially themed works, the nudes, the passion for architecture and classical antiquities, his moments lost in observing nature and the sea, waiting for a light to reveal visions that transcend reality. It is precisely in this way of seeing, in this gaze that feels absence and portrays time, that Mimmo Jodice’s photography becomes art.


film director

Mario Martone

(Naples, 1959), theatrical and film director, began his activity in 1977, in the avant-garde climate of the times, and founded the group Falso Movimento, which created performances that combined elements of theater, cinema and visual arts. Ten years later, he founded Teatri Uniti, a company that promotes encounters between Neapolitan artists of the new generation, and which produced his films independently. His first feature film, Morte di un matematico napoletoano, won the Jury's Grand Prize in Venice in 1992. His later films, L'Amore molesto and Teatro di guerra, were both presented at Cannes. He has directed both classic theater and lyrical theater. Between 1999 and 2000 he was the director of the Teatro di Roma, where he carried out radical changes in the programming, giving more space to the arts and to the "new theater". He has also inaugurated a new performance area, the India, by recuperating an old, abandoned factory along the Tiber River.


Nella città barocca (doc., 1984), Morte di un matematico napoletano (1992), Rasoi (mm, 1993), Lucio Amelio/Terrae Motus (doc., 1993), Veglia (doc., 1993), Antonio Mastronunzio pittore sannita (cm, ep di Miracoli – Storie per corti, 1994), L’unico paese al mondo (regia collettiva, 1994), L’amore molesto (1995), Badolato, 10 dicembre 1995. Per Antonio Neiwiller (doc., 1996), Una storia Saharawi (doc., 1996), La salita (cm, ep di I Vesuviani, 1997), La terra trema (coregia/co-director, Jacopo Quadri, doc., 1998), Appunti da Santarcangelo (doc., 1998), Teatro di guerra (1998), Una disperata vitalità (1998), Un posto al mondo (coregia/co-director, Jacopo Quadri, doc., 2000) Nella Napoli di Luca Giordano (doc., 2001), L’odore del sangue (2004), Caravaggio – L’ultimo tempo (mm, doc., 2004), Noi credevamo (2010), La meditazione di Hayez (cm, doc., 2011), Il giovane favoloso (2014), Capri-Revolution (2018), Il sindaco del rione Sanità (2019), Qui rido io (2021), Nostalgia (2022), Laggiù qualcuno mi ama (doc., 2023), Mimmo Jodice. Senza tempo (mm, doc., 2023).


& Credits

DIRECTOR: Mario Martone. SCREENPLAY: Mario Martone, Ippolita Di Majo. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Elio Di Pace. EDITING: Jacopo Quadri, Martina Ghezzi. SOUND: Luigi Petrazzuolo. CAST: Mimmo Jodice. Angela Jodice, Antonio Biasiucci, Stefano Boeri, Marino Niola, Lia Rumma, Laura Trisorio, Lucia Trisorio, Francesco Vezzoli, Andrea Renzi. PRODUCERS: Maria Carolina Terzi, Lorenza, Luciano Stella, Carlo Stella, Gianluca Casagrande. PRODUCTION: Mad Entertainment, Rai Documentari, Caronte S.P.A.

CONTACT: Mad Entertainment info@madimnnaples.com