Founded in 1999 by journalist Rino Sciarretta, Zivago Media is
an independent production and distribution company.
It specialises in the acquisition of Russian art house films (such as Kukushka by Aleksandr Rogozhkin,
Alexandra and Taurus by Aleksandr Sokurov, Silent Souls by Aleksei Fedorchenko, The Postman's White
Nights by Andrei Konchalovsky).
As well as numerous short films (Eccoci qua directed by Alessandro Pascuzzo, Refugium Peccatorum directed
by Stefano Alleva, Coincidenze directed by Gabriele Paoli based on Stefano Benni’s homonymous novel
Sdrvgd’t (Svegliati!) directed by Maristella Bonomo and Massimo Piovesana, among others) Zivago has
Reminescence su Sayat Nova by Levon Grigorian, presented in 2006 at the Rome Film Festival and the Tribeca
The Silence of Pelesjan by Pietro Marcello, made in collaboration with Rai Cinema and with the support of
Directorate-General for Cinema of MiBACT - Italian Ministry of Culture, broadcast on Rai Tre – Fuori Orario.
In 2011, it was shown in the Horizons section of the 68th Venice International Film Festival. In 2012 it was
screened in the Signals: Regained section of the 41st edition of the Rotterdam Film Festival and out of
competition at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In 2013, it won the Special Prize of the
National Academy of Armenian Cinema.
Le Maratone di Peter directed by Giovanni Visentin.
Dal Ritorno by Giovanni Cioni was screened in 2015 in the international competition at the Biografilm Festival
of Bologna and at the Cinéma du réel - Festival international de films documentaires.
Dustur, the new documentary by Marco Santarelli, produced in association with Istituto Luce Cinecittà with
the support of Directorate-General for Cinema of MiBACT - Italian Ministry of Culture, presented at the 33rd
Torino Film Festival in the section Italiana.doc (where has won the AVANTI Agenzia Valorizzazione Autori
Nuovi Tutti Italiani and the Gli Occhiali di Gandhi Awards), at the 38th Cinéma du réel - Festival international
de films documentaires (where has won the Youth Award) and at 26th Festival del Cinema Africano, d’Asia e
America Latina (where has won the Razzismo Brutta Storia Award).
Zivago is currently developing the mokumentary Il Toro del Pallonetto by Luigi Barletta, producing the
documentary Miserande Rovine by Maria Giovanna Cicciari and is completing the post-production of Monte,
- an Italy, Usa, France coproduction made in collaboration with Rai Cinema - the first film shot in Italy by
Iranian director Amir Naderi.