Carlo Cresto-Dina

Source: Kirsten Holst

Carlo Cresto-Dina

Need to know: Tempesta was founded in 2009 by Carlo Cresto-Dina, with the aim of discovering and developing European film talent. Based in Bologna and London, the company has produced all of Alice Rohrwacher’s features and shorts, from her 2011 Directors’ Fortnight-premiering debut Corpo Celeste to 2018 Cannes screenplay prizewinner Happy As Lazzaro. Tempesta is also home to Leonardo Di Costanzo’s productions including The Intruder, which premiered in Directors’ Fortnight in 2017, and his latest The Inner Cage, which played at Venice last year. On the international front, Tempesta produced Wildfire, Cathy Brady’s debut feature film, which played at the Toronto and London film festivals in 2020. In 2014 Tempesta developed EcoMuvi, an international protocol for certified sustainable development on film and audiovisual productions.

Key personnel: Carlo Cresto-­Dina, founder and CEO; Valeria Jamonte, producer and head of content and development; Manuela Melissano, producer and CFO.

Incoming: Tempesta is now in production on Alice Rohrwacher’s fourth film, The Chimera. Its slate also includes French co-production La Nouvelle Femme by Léa Todorov, starring Jasmine Trinca and Leila Bekhti, and the Israeli co-produced A Room Of His Own by Matan Yair.

Carlo Cresto-Dina says: “Independent production is about preserving the biodiversity of our industry’s ecosystem. We need to protect their work against the invasion of corporate value extractors!”