(by Francesco Gallo) (ANSA) - BARI, MARCH 25 - A relaxed Gabriele Salvatores, after the screening of NIRVANA at the Bif&st, lets himself go to a master class at the Petruzzelli Theater in which he talks about Oscar, illness and fear of creativity and in which the most cited person is his personal analyst.
"In 1980 - says the director - I had an illness and the doctor, who had given me four or five years to live, telegraphed to me: 'Try to put your things in order'. Luckily he was wrong, but since then I decided that I had to do everything I wanted. There, another way of living was triggered for me and cinema became my substitute for reality".
And again the director on the Oscar award won by him in 1991 for MEDITERRANEAN: "I don't know if I really deserved it. It was a bit of a stroke of luck, it went well for me, a bit like a spider bite that makes you suddenly become "another Spiderman. I was exactly the same as the day before, but people now expected anything from me. So I used this particular superpower to make films that in Italy they never let you make. One thing that has allowed me more and more to raise the bar of my creativity".
Still on the Academy Award, he then continued in Bari Salvatores where he will present THE RETURN OF CASANOVA from 30 March in room con01 with Tony Servillo and Fabrizio Bentivoglio: "This statuette has many rules. In the meantime, you cannot give it up, nor sell it because the Academy, in case , he could always ask to return it. So for years I didn't even keep it in the house, I had placed it on the bank. I only recently placed it on my bookcase. It is very heavy and is so perfect for supporting books".