Carol Forster column

Tony Palazzo photo.
Tony Palazzo photo.

Tony Palazzo is a man of extraordinary talent.

Actor, director, photographer and author – he was born in Catania where he graduated from the ‘Accademia del teatro Stabile’ before moving to Rome.

Working in dozens of theatre productions and twenty-five films, three as protagonist, he performed with Italian directors Gianni Amelio and Giuseppe Tornatore in two films which were nominated at the Oscars for ‘Best Foreign Film’, and other foreign productions where he performed in English with Klaus Maria Brandauer and Harvey Keitel.

Tony lived in New York from 1998 to 2000, before starting filmmaking with a ‘docuvideo’ about the famous DUMBO festival.

Returning to Italy, he worked on other projects, such as short films, including ‘Due Bravi Ragazzi’ (two good fellas), which won the ‘Kodak prize’ for ‘Best Italian Short’ at the Genoa Film Festival (2006); ‘Best Actor’ at the ‘Cittadella del Corto International Festival’, Trevignano, (2006)and the ‘Kodak’ prize for ‘Best Italian Short’ at the ‘Circuito off Venice’ Festival (2006).

Tony directed ‘Il Vecchio e La Fontana’ (the old man and the fountain) winning ten prizes, including ‘Best Film’ at both the ‘Big Screen Festival’ in Yunnan, China (2007) and ‘Lavori in Corto Festival’, Naples(2007) as well as ‘Best Scenery Award’ at the ‘Cittadella del Corto International Festival’ of Trevignano (2007).

It was also nominated at the 53rd ‘International Festival’ of Taormina in 2007.

Tony is also an extremely talented photographer, whose photos really capture the essence of all it means to be human.

In his ‘Street Life’ project, his photos are both aesthetically appealing and poignant, capturing moments in time and humans at their most vulnerable.

Mostly in black and white, they show people from his native Sicily, or on the streets of Rome.

Tony’s photos, which tell the story of city life, are currently on show at the ‘Cantieri Culturali della Zisa ‘ in Palermo.

Tony Palazzo – a Sicilian success story of immense talent – is a name to look out for and remember.