The Heroine’s Journey of Sara Rita Coccorullo

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love how powerful images can be in expressing so many different emotions, feelings, moments hidden within every single human being. I love the way cinema can be the medium of catharsis. Hopefully my creations could give relief to someone one day. 

What is my idea of happiness? I dream to wake up every single day doing the job I love. Live a balanced life.

What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is to lose everything I worked for and then not be able to have control over my life.  

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I’m a perfectionist, reaching for the best optimal result in everything I do is probably my biggest flaw, if we can call it a flaw.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I admire all women directors that have had the chance to make their voice be heard.

What is my greatest extravagance? I speak a lot about literally everything, with everyone, everywhere.

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On what occasion would I lie? I hate to be part of something that is not my business. Maybe if someone would ask me something about a friend’s matter that I’m not be part of, I would probably answer their questions with a lie or, it’s better to say, deny that I know something.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? It’s hard to raise enough money. So I dislike how long and difficult is this process but if you succeed it is very exciting.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In September 2020, despite the pandemic, I had the chance to film my first short in Milan, along with my team. We spent five days from dusk to dawn shooting around the city; I’m positive that it was the most emotional and satisfying experience I ever had because it means that our common dream, to make our own movies, could -and hopefully will- become more and more real.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Nothing. I love the way I can improve myself every single day thanks to the different challenges I impose myself to. The only change I would make is to be the better version of myself, that’s it. It’s not that simple but it is worth the game. 

What is my greatest achievement in work? So far is being able to figure out what to do when someone commissions me a work, always be prepared for different circumstances that I could be in.

Where would I most like to live? I’d love to come back to Milan, the last place I lived in, where my cinematic point of view began to refine and became more focused and technical. But honestly, I can tell that my roots go all the way back Bologna, the city where everything started, so it would be great to move back there. This doesn’t mean that I’m not open to other options.

What is my most treasured possession? The support of all my family and the love I feel from them.

What is my most marked characteristic? Definitely my character; I’m determined, self-confident and very ambitious. I’m sure that these elements are crucial in my job, especially in being able to get my voice to be heard by everyone. Also, I have always been a positive person because I love everything about life and I love happiness, so my motivation is: why shouldn’t I try to make other people understand how good life is? 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I’m feeling inspired when I walk in the pine forest, near the sea. That is the most peaceful place I know; you can feel the power of nature, the delicate breeze on the skin and the smell of the soil. This environment helps me putting together the puzzle in my head and create different stories that I would like to talk about.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love drinking at Cabiria, a bar-restaurant in Ravenna. I love dining at La Campaza, the biggest restaurant in Romagna alongside with a private natural park.

What books influenced my life and how? I’m not a huge reader but the book that influenced my life is The Declaration by Gemma Malley. It’s my first dystopic reality book I read, it helped me to think outside of the box.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Recently, Io si (See) by Laura Pausini the song that won the Golden Globe and some new hits from Sanremo 2021 like Dieci by Annalisa.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I have a lot of heroines. The first that comes up to mind is my favorite cinematic heroine: Wonder Woman. It may not be a never-before-heared answer, I know, but I love how genuine and powerful she is. If new characters with features like hers will eventually be created, I’m sure I’ll be most inclined to love them.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? First of all the women I have around me, like my mom and my grandmom. They taught me to live my life consciously, for the good, with kindness, helping people and fight for everything I want. I learned that my voice and my life are important, if I have something to say or a purpose to pursue, I absolutely have to go on for it.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Bringin up baby (1938) by Howard Hawks.

What role play stories in my life and work? I’ve always been also a curious person, so every single time I meet someone new I usually “bombard” them with a lot of questions. I love hearing how someone lives their life in a different way that I do, I can feel and live them only through their stories. It’s fundamental to know for my job that there are plenty of unknown worlds to be explored, and cinema is one of the stronger vehicles to do that.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? They are exciting to me. They are saying that I’m the only one that has the power to fulfill my biggest dream, but on the other hand I’m also the one who can get in the way of doing so. I have to embrace all the events I run into, to rise up to the challenge and never give up.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? All of my friends. My childhood friends are very supportive and positive about my future. They have seen my passion growing up since I was little, so their trust on me feeds my hunger to succed.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?  Beside my team, I’d love to be seen by Maestro in Rome and have the possibility to have an internship in Netflix Italy. I love to make videoclips and short films, so it would be a dream come true have the chance to work into tv series.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would I love to meet in 2021?  I’d like to be invited at parties and events where different exponents of the world of cinema meet, so I have the opportunity to know them better.

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on? I have some projects that I’d love to work on with my team. There are 3 short films that we have in plan. If we will have the chance to shoot, we could finally promote our small production studio.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021? In Rome, in Milan and in Bologna, three cities where we have to shoot and, after that, hopefully see our films in some festival or competition.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It means that we live and breathe through our passions. Where there’s passion, there’s life, there’s a reason exist in this world.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? All of the members of my team: the actress Giulia Locci, the screenplayer Diletta Dan and the editor Anna Veneziale.

How can you contact me? You can contact me on my Instagram @saracoccorullo, on Facebook Sara Rita Coccorullo.

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