Culture will Never Die
About Fausto Becatti
Once upon a time, a young man, hungry for adventure and travel, spun the globe and landed his finger on South Africa.
That man was Fausto Becatti’s dad.
And as a result, Fausto is a heady mix of Italian, Argentinian and South African. This electric, hot blooded background can be seen in Fausto’s work which often feels like a fever dream – passionate, vibrant and other worldly. As a director, Fausto pairs bright, saturated visuals with poignant, epic storytelling for an evocative, all-consuming result.
Fausto has his best friend’s cool mum to thank for his education in film. One of those laid back types, she let them watch R-rated films like Pulp Fiction, blowing Fausto’s innocent 12 year old mind. From then on it was an obsession, sneaking into cinemas, inhaling all the R-rated greats from Fight Club to The Matrix. Perhaps this explains the sucker punch effect of Fausto’s own work, the intensity of his style permeating through every frame. While a conceptual filmmaker at heart, driven to craft considered, designed imagery, Fausto also evokes passionate, energised performances from his cast.
But before that all sounds too intense, Fausto strives to keep things fun and happy on set, describing it as his absolute happy place, with a genuine desire that everyone else feels that way when shooting with him.
Fun fact: Fausto spent 8 days on a road trip with Morgan Freeman and all he managed to say to Mr Freeman was “good morning sir’ when they were queuing for breakfast. Oh, Fausto…