Director and coproducer form
Valerio Ruiz, scriptwriter and director of the film about Lina Wertmüller’s life and career, Behind the White Glasses, he is also the producer of the film through his company White Glasses Film together with Recalcati Multimedia. Born in Rome in 1986, Valerio Ruiz has been working with director Lina Wertmüller for some years now. He is scriptwriter and assistant director of the documentary directed by Lina Wertmüller Roma, Napoli, Venezia … in un crescendo rossiniano (2014), first film in 4k produced by RAI, Technological Strategies Department.
He started working with Lina Wertmüller almost ten years ago as assistant in organizing the film section of the 2006 Ravello Festival and then went on to cooperate in the staging of two plays: Il Giornalino di Gianburrasca (2010) and Un’allegra fin de siècle (2013) and has continued through to the present day as assistant director of the TV-movie Mannaggia alla miseria (2009)
In 2012 he contributed to the drafting of Lina Wertmüller’s autobiography Tutto a posto e niente in ordine (Mondadori) he contributed also in several master classes of acting such as the one held at Taormina Arte (2009) dedicated to the writer Vitaliano Brancati.
In 2011 Valerio wrote, produced and directed his first short film Piazza Fellini, a tribute to Federico Fellini interpreted by Sandra Milo who was both actress and muse for some of the masterpieces of the maestro. The short won the 2011 Capri Short Cut Award at the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival and third prize at the XI Villammare Film Festival. The short was then presented at the Los Angeles Italian Film Fashion and Art Fest and in other Italian festivals.
In 2012, Ruiz enriched his experience in the theatre by working with other directors. He was Assistant Director for the Transiti di Venere play, written and directed by Raffaele Curi, produced by the Alda Fendi- Esperimenti Foundation. In that same year he was assistant director for As you Like it, by W. Shakespeare, directed by Marco Carniti and produced by the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre of Rome.
After studying in Rome and Paris, Valerio graduated in Communication Sciences from the University of Roma La Sapienza with a theses entitled Lo schermo lirico. Percorso nel genere cinematografico del filmopera (The lyric filter: a review of the film-opera genre) discussed with Prof Roberto Faenza. To further his studies on the subject , he directs with maestro Rosi the Francesco Rosi documentary-interview: A Carmen in real life.
In 2010 for the 20th anniversary of the Italy-Albania development cooperation he was art director of the film festival Italian eyes, promoted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Coproducer and executive producer
Recalcati Multimedia is an independent film production and distribution company based in Milan and run by Leonardo Recalcati. Since 2014 it has been dealing with the acquisition of rights of original contents developed by leading authors and directors among whom Fabio & Fabio, Angelo Licata and Luca Elmi. Recalcati Multimedia is engaged in the production of works of international standing that are to be distributed around the world. Among these is Behind the white glasses by Valerio Ruiz, namely the portrait of an icon of Italian filmmaking in the world: Lina Wertmüller.
The work, selected for the “Venice classics” section of the 72nd edition of the Venice International Film Festival marks the debut of this production company. Made in association with Credito Valtellinese and filmed in only 24 days in Rome, New York and Geneva, the film received the patronage of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as tribute to a work that offers a portrait of an outstanding Italian personality. The film is distributed in Italy by Recalcati Multimedia with NBC Universal Global Networks, while at the international level it is distributed by House of Film (USA – Los Angeles).
Leonardo Recalcati declares that: “Behind the white glasses is my way of concluding a journey I started many years ago with Enrico Job, when for the first time I approached the filmmaking world. Lina was a great personality on the Italian scene in the 20th century and it is exciting to give lasting life to her thoughts, memories and intuitions. My heartfelt thanks go to Lina and Valerio for all I received from them, for the extraordinary opportunity of a mind opening experience, for their expressions of confidence, support and for their unfailing personal affection”.