Flavia Paulon, film critic, journalist and screenwriter, was the founder of the Asolo Art Film Festival in 1973.
His life begins in England, where he was born in 1906 by Giuseppe, Swiss Italian, and Sophia Sorgudjan, belonging to an aristocratic and polyglot family Armenian who settled in Constantinople in London to escape persecution in the Ottoman Empire. The paternal grandmother of Sophia had married a count Zorzi Venetian, and in Venice Flavia landed as a teenager after the divorce of her parents. He enrolled at the Marco Polo high school becoming a Venetian heart and soul. He married very young Mario Paulon, had four children and started by chance to work as a secretary with Elio Zorzi, then head of the press office of the Biennale d’Arte, born in 1895.
Cinema in Venice: maybe it was destiny. Flavia met the Lumière brothers, inventors of the new art form, at one edition of the Venice Film Festival, she became a friend and advisor to the major intellectuals, artists, directors and producers, and began a brilliant career in Italian cinema and international.
From 1932 to 1987 it was the heart of the Venice Film Festival. A woman described as always smiling and self-confident. Directors, actors, directors and journalists identified her for years with the most ancient film festival in the world, since at the Lido of Venice, on the terrace of the Excelsior, Giuseppe Volpi began the will to which he devoted his life.
From his office at the Film Festival, knowing how to express himself fluently in English, French and German, he welcomed and addressed the hundreds of people who asked for information during the festivals.
Since 1932, directors and producers sent the reels of the films to be selected directly to her, writing simply as “Flavia Paulon, Venezia”. Thus surpassing the press office, directors, various offices. In a world of men, Flavia Paulon could only access the qualification as a secretary, but was officially defined “with the special task of managing relations with Italian and foreign producers and to collaborate with research and selection of films. Collaboration with the Press Office in the preparation of the General Catalog “.
The office from which Flavia Paulon organized the work for the Festival is described, in “Flavia Paulon is the festival” by Elena Casadoro, as a room always full of people looking for information or contacts, people who expressed themselves in all languages, talking at the same time, while she, captain of the desk and the telephones, continued to work.
Thanks to his experience, in 1973, he founded the current Asolo Art Film Festival and held its artistic direction until 1982. The festival established itself from the beginning as one of the major and of international value and was sponsored by UNESCO. The review, original and unique, became an important reference and model for other competitions worldwide. After a period of inactivity, the Festival is reborn in 2001 and every year it awards the Flavia Paulon Award to the Career to «a character of international importance who, with his personality and his art, has left his mark on the world scene of cinema ‘contemporary art”.
Madame Flavia’s other clever insights were the Trieste Science Fiction Film Festival, the magazine “Film”, the International Festival of Animated Cartoon. All this, from Flavia Paulon’s house, with telephone and letters, thanks to her thousand and one thousand
personal contacts, in an incessant work activity. Even in retirement age, the tireless officer continued to work until 1987, the year of his death, which took her at the age of 81 at the work table.
Attilio Zamperoni was a central figure in the cultural life of Asolo and Treviso: he was an esteemed tenor, a tireless cultural promoter and the fervid mind behind several cultural projects, some of them very successful also on an international level. Withsuch the Musical Encounters Festival and the Asolo Friends of Music, both founded by him, he was able to bring to Asolo the most renowned protagonists of the international music world: the violinist Salvatore Accardo, the flautist Severino Gazzeloni, the pianist Svjatoslav Richter, the violinist Bruno Giuranna and the European Union Youth Orchestra.
In 2001, he decided to devote all his energies and his contagious passion to the resurrection of the oldest and most prestigious International Festival of Films on Art, the Asolo Art Film Festival, founded in 1973 by the journalist and film critic Flavia Paulon: thanks to his charisma and through the work of the non-profit organization A.I.A.F. -AsoloInternationalArtFestival first, and ALA-ArmoniosoLabirintoAsolano then, Asolo Art Film Festival gained again its international renown, becoming one of the most important events in this field. Thanks to Attilio the Festival became, above all, a moment of encounter, of knowledge abd of dialogue among different cultures. It became a moment of celebration and friendship, beyond any linguistic, cultural and educational barrier, teaching us to recognize and appreciate how much we can learn from other cultures.
In loving memory of Attilio, AAFF is committed to keep the Festival alive, with the help of his and our friends all over the world.