He talks about the history of film as if it came from the pages of a novel, and is extremely knowledgeable about American literature and its key figures. He himself is the author of a series of novels set in his favourite place, New York city.
The New York Times published a two-page article describing Sunday lunches at his house overlooking Central Park, where, in an informal setting, with great cooking by his wife Jacquie, you might find yourself sitting next to Robert De Niro or Isabella Rossellini, the Coen brothers or Zadie Smith.
Antonio Monda is a journalist, critic and cultural organiser, a great expert on the history of Italian and international film and American literature, as well as the dynamics of cultural organisation.
He has lived in New York for several decades, where he teaches at the Film and Television Department of New York University. He has curated exhibitions at some of America’s most prestigious cultural institutions, including MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, the Lincoln Center, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Academy.
He is the founder and artistic director of the literary festival Le Conversazioni (which is held in Capri, New York, Rome and Bogotá). In addition, he is the artistic director of the Rome Film Festival.
Monda is the author of novels such as Assoluzione, L’America non esiste (winner of the Cortina d’Ampezzo prize), La casa sulla roccia, Ota Benga, l’Indegno and a book of short stories and photographs Nella città nuda. He has published essays including: La Magnifica Illusione, The Hidden God, Do you believe? Conversations on God and Religion, Hanno preferito le tenebre, a book featuring an interview with Ennio Morricone, Lontano dai sogni, and Il paradiso dei lettori innamorati. His books have been published in the United States, Japan, France, Israel, Brazil, Spain, Holland, Portugal, Taiwan and South Korea.
He contributes to the cultural section of La Repubblica, to the TV news on La7 and presents the programme Central Park West on RaiNews 24. His articles have been published in The Paris Review, Fiction, The Common, Vanity Fair and Nuovi Argomenti.
He directed the film Dicembre, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival, as well as numerous documentaries including: Oltre New York; Filosofi, università, fascismo and Stranieri in America. Together with Davide Azzolini, he produced the documentary Enzo Avitabile Music Life with Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme.
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