Franco Maresco

Franco Maresco

Director, Writer, Screenplay


Franco Maresco is an Italian film director and screenwriter best known for his highly acclaimed documentaries. Born in Palermo, Sicily in 1961, Maresco grew up in an artistic family that encouraged his creative pursuits. After graduating from high school, Maresco attended the University of Palermo where he studied History and Philosophy. Following his studies, he began working as a freelance journalist and wrote for various newspapers and magazines.

In 1988, Maresco made his directorial debut with the short film “La Banda della Magliana”. This film, which focused on the infamous criminal organization in Rome, was met with critical acclaim and won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. This success led to Maresco’s first feature-length documentary, “Belluscone: A Sicilian Story”, in 1994. The film delved into the history of Sicily and the mafia and was praised for its bold and provocative style.

Maresco followed up his debut feature with several other documentaries that explored the socio-economic issues of Palermo and the surrounding areas. “The Palermo Connection” and “Mafia and Me” both received critical acclaim and highlighted Maresco’s ability to create unique and powerful films. His most recent documentary, “The Palermo Shooting”, was released in 2008 and won several awards at international film festivals.

In addition to his documentary work, Maresco has also written and directed several narrative feature films. “The King of Palermo”, which was released in 2003, was a dark comedy set in the city of Palermo and was praised for its unique style and dark humor. His other narrative films such as “Forget Me” and “The Bottom Line” have also been well received by critics.

Throughout his career, Maresco has been dedicated to exploring the unique culture and history of Sicily. His highly acclaimed documentaries and narrative features have earned him numerous awards and accolades and cemented his place as one of the most important filmmakers of his generation.