About us

Quarto film was founded in Milan in 2007 by movie director and producer Giovanni Maderna with the purpose of producing features films and documentaries

Between the collaborations that started so far it is important to mention the ones like musician Dario Buccino and Australian record company “Extreme”, filmmakers Michelangelo Frammartino, Daniela Persico, Francesco Gatti, Sara Pozzoli, Gabriele di Munzio, Filippo Ticozzi, Tonino De Bernardi, Mauro Santini and Giovanni Cioni.

Quarto film’s vocation is to produce mid budget films, maintaining a real indipendence by principal public and television financier and making the path possible for rigorous and innovative authors.

The logo is ispired by the flag of the Italian Legion led by Garibaldi in Uruguay. The black flag had in the center a erupting volcano, a symbol of Italy and all the countries that yearned to indipendence.

Quarto Film deals also with DVD publishing and alternative distribution: theathers, web and home video.

This website aims to be an instrument of information for production and distribution activities but also an opportunity for exchanges, contacts and dissemination of ideas.

The weblog is personally edited by Giovanni Maderna.

Giovanni Davide Maderna is a director, producer and founder of the film company Quarto Film.
In 1995 he shot in Lyon the first film La Place, a short dedicated to the square where he lived and its people. The film receives the “Sacher d’oro” prize at the Nanni Moretti’s Festival. The second short Jahilia won at “Sacher”, too. In 1997 he takes part in the collective film Com’è bella la città, coordinated by Goffredo Fofi. In 1998, he makes Dolce Stil Novo, based on a novel by Checov, it is a story of adolescents who live in the suburbs of Milan; presented at the Locarno Film Festival, Biennal of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (Rome 1999), and winner of numerous international awards.

With the first feature film Questo è il giardino Giovanni won the Luigi De Laurentiis prize for the Best First Film Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1999.

In 2001, he makes L’amore imperfetto, starring Enrico Lo Verso and Marta Belaustegui. The film was in competition at Venice and London Film Festival.

Bologna, 16-2-05, Giovanni Maderna and Antonio Moresco meet Alberto Grifi is a documentary-interview dedicated to the works of the great Italian experimental filmmaker.

He started producing from 2006 with his third feature film Schopenhauer in co-production with Invisible Film and it was in competition at Locarno (Cineasti del Presente) and in many festivals all around the world: the BAFICI of Buenos Aires and “Open Roads” at Lincoln Center of New York.

In 2007 he founded Quarto Film, a film company that produced many feature films such as Il figlio di Amleto (The Son of Hamlet) made by Francesco Gatti, Et mondana ordinare from director Daniela Persico, both selected at Locarno Film Festival, and Cielo senza Terra (Heaven without Earth) a film in which he’s author and co-director with Sara Pozzoli, presented in Official Selection at “Giornate degli Autori” – Venice Days in 2010.

In 2012 Quarto Film produces, in collaboration with Raicinema and Rai Tre- Fuori Orario, a project of three films inspired by life and works of popular writer of adventure tales Emilio Salgari.
These films are directed by internationally acclaimed italian avant-garde authors:
“Iolanda between child and corsair” by Tonino De Bernardi
“Carmela, saved by the Buccaneers”, the new film by Giovanni Maderna co-directed with Mauro Santini
and “The intrepids” by Giovanni Cioni.
They are presented as a world premiere in Venice Film Festival 2012.