(The Richard Demarco Story)
"RICO (The Richard Demarco Story)" dir. Dr Marco Federici, 85mins, MLC Productions UK 2021
This acclaimed feature documentary had a world premiere at Yale University's New Haven Doc Fest in 2021 and has been screened subsequently at Edinburgh College of Art, the Munich New Wave Film Festival, Monmouth Festival Illinois, Toronto Independent Festival, Liverpool International as well as winning the audience prize for best documentary at the Central Scotland Documentary Festival (University of Stirling).
The film represents a decade long effort by filmmaker Marco Federici to tell the story of Richard Demarco's early life as an Italo-Scot growing up in wartime Scotland to becoming an iconic figure of the Edinburgh Festival, producing over 5000 visual art exhibitions and performances. Richard invited artists from all over the globe to experience the Celtic world, influencing their work and in some cases, sending their careers onto a trajectory of international recognition.
Featuring contributions from Brian Cox (HBO's Succession), Marina Abramovic, Sir Nicolas Serota and Andrew Marr among others, alongside previously unseen footage and images of Paul Neagu, Tadeusz Kantor and Joseph Beuys, "RICO" is available for exhibition and festival screenings throughout 2022. If you would like to arrange a screening, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Click here to read The Scottish Review's detailed critique of the film: https://www.scottishreview.net/CharlieEllis588a.html