Gianluca Matarrese (1980) was born in Torino and moved to Paris in 2002 to study cinema and theater. He graduated in History and Critique of North American Cinema at the University of Torino and Paris VIII, also graduating at the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. In 2008 he started working in French television, as a writer and director for its comedy series on OCS channels broadcast until 2012. Then he continued as author, reporter, artistic coordinator, segment producer in entertainment department for moreover than 25 programs and all French networks. He also works as an actor for cinema and theater in France. Between 2013 and 2014 he directed two short-films. « My Movie like Kiss » was awarded the Achille Valdata at the Torino Film Festival. In 2019 his documentary « Fuori Tutto » (Rossofuoco Films, Agat Films, France Télévisions) won the award for Best Italian Documentary at the Torino Film Festival.

His film « La dernière séance (The Last Chapter) » had its world premiere at the last Venice International Film Critics’ Week, winning the Queer Lion Award. The film has been selected at IDFA, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, and keeps touring in other international festivals. It’s been boradcast on SKY ITALIA network CIELO. His new film « Il Posto (A Steady Job) » (Altara Films, Bocalupo Films & ARTE / NDR), co-directed with Mattia Colombo premiered in Vision du Réel and Hot Docs. His Latest film « Fashion Babylon » (Bellota Films & France Télévisions) starring Violet Chachki, Casey Spooner and Michelle Elie, has premiered ad CPH:DOX and Hot Docs and just started a world festival tour.

He directed, for France Télévisions, the musical documentary on the singer Barbara Pravi, representative of the Eurovision Contest 2020.

Gianluca is also a fashion-film and docu-fashion director. His video publications have appeared in KALTBLUT, ODDA, NUMERO BERLIN, L’OFFICIEL USA etc. And his video installations have been shown at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt and at the Mannerheim Gallery in Paris.

He is also involved in pedagogical and educational activities (history of cinema, screenwriting and directing) in high schools, colleges and universities (Télécom Paris). 

Feature films (Documentary)

2019   Fuori Tutto – Tout doit disparaître (Ex Nihilo, Rossofuoco Film, France Télévisions)

2021   La dernière séance – The Last Chapter (Altara Films, Bocalupo Films)

2021   Barbara Pravi, voilà qui je suis (France Télévisions, France TV Studios)

2022   Fashion Babylon (Bellota Films, France Télévisions) 

2022   Il Posto – A Steady Job – Co-director Mattia Colombo (Bocalupo Films, Altara Films, ARTE/NDR)

Short films

2015   Dé-cision co-director Guillaume Lafond  (Onirim Production)

2014   Mon Baiser de Cinéma co-director Guillaume Lafond (Onirim Production)

Television (Fiction)

2009-2012   Les Webcolocs (Cie des Taxi-Brousse, OCS)