MAGÀ ETTORI, THE MAN WHO DREAMED OF FAERYLAND
Magà Ettori, film director, burns all the artistic codes in cinema. His tale, The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland, is an experimental work that explores many fields of contemporary cinema. It tells the legendary story of Queen Ness, Cathbad the druid god and the beautiful bride Aisling: a romantic triangle based on a love-hate relationship. From the passion of Cathbad and Ness will be born Conchobar, the first king of Ireland. From their hatred will arise a deadly virus that threatens humanity.Cathbad, the first druid of the Kingdom of Ulster, was formidable for his prophecies but also for his feats. His name means “killer in combat”, a role made to measure for Magà Ettori, a director of exceptional physical strength. The former judo champion wears armor and and fears only the enchantment of the graceful Ness.
For this, his 50th movie, Magà Ettori appealed to some great names of photography, such as Pierre-Marie Paubel (director of photography), Nicolas Cornu, Anton Prevrel and Jacques Viallon, and well-known French designers like Jeremy Bueno, Elyssa Couture, Crenacare, Les Jupons de Tess, Ghislaine Laurent Création (GLC), Gwanni, Sophie Michkal Création, Nine, and François Tamarin – as well as Irish ones like Claire Garvey and C-Red. The music is by Marc Tomasi, a composer accustomed to the small screen. The armor suits were conceptualized by Denis Mineau, head of the company Les Artilleurs du Roy, who also served as a historical advisor to the film.
Magà Ettori was born on February 15, 1972 in Ajaccio, Corsica, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. As a writer and director, Magà Ettori has been one of the major players in Corsica’s film industry for over 20 years. In addition, he has been a political activist and, as head of L’Institut Régional du Cinéma et de L’Audiovisuel (IRCA, the Regional Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual), the filmmaker is committed to the development of the audiovisual cinema industry.
From the beginning, Magà Ettori was destined for notable achievements in sports (champion of Corsica judo, boxing, football) and painting (Painting Prize of the city of Ajaccio). He studied in Paris at the Centre Professionnel de Journalisme (CPJ, Business Journalism Centre) and the École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA, the Graduate School of Audiovisual Realization). He also studied English at Cambridge University in the U.K.
In 1990, Ettori wrote and directed Domotica, his first film. Since then, he has had 50 other projects in film and television: L’Union Corse, Le Juge de Paix du Palais Vert, OE, Artistes Citoyens du Monde, AE, La Révolution Corse, Maquisardes, Grossu Minutu, I Tercani, Lamentu di u Golu, La Marche de L’Enfant Roi, L’Astiu, Le Dernier Clan, L’Écritoire, Umani, Amazing Grace, Bad Day, La Lauréate, etc.
In 1991, Ettori created a cultural revue, Intelligenza, and launched a contemporary art gallery, San Ruchellu. This double project received the “Youth Challenge” award given by the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. In 1992, under the auspices of IRCA, he was involved in training, conferences, master classes and workshops in Ajaccio concerning cinema and cultural diversity, including two conferences in the Senate under the Ministry of Culture and Communication, one at UNESCO House, and the “Audience Culture”, all with the participation of the media and major players of the cultural world.
In 2012, Ettori abandoned elective office and other political activities to devote himself exclusively to cinema. His current project is his most important to date, a masterpiece of our time, The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland. If elves, fairies, an evil queen, a druid-god warrior, gnomes and sirens capture the lion’s share of the action, other issues such as ecology and animal abuse add depth to the subject matter. Filmed entirely in English, it will have its broadcast premiere not only in Corsica (and France generally), but also in Finland, Hungary, Germany, China, Ireland and the United States, thus opening the doors to an international career for the druid-god Magà Ettori.