Pappi Corsicato was born in Naples on June 12 1960.
He studied architecture. In 1980 he moved to New York and studied dance and choreography at the Alvin Alley Dance School, acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts and then with Geraldine Baron, member of the Actor's Studio. In 1989 worked as assistant director with Pedro Almodovar on the set of “Atame”( Tie me up tie me down). In 1992 he shot his first movie “Libera” that was shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 1993, where it received national and international critical acclaim, as well as a resounding response from the public. The film was included in various festivals and was sold throughout most of the world.
In France it was entitled “Les napolitans”. It won the Grolla d'Oro at Saint Vincent, the Golden Globe of the Foreign Press, the Nastro d'Argento and the Ciak d'Oro. In 1995, his second film “I Buchi Neri” (Black Holes) was shown at the Venice Film Festival under the section “Venetian Nights” and was requested by other important international festivals. In 1997, he joined Martone, Capuano, Incerti and De Lillo in the collective film work “The Vesuvians” (Iana's Ancestry) which was chosen for the Venice Film Festival in competition. In 2000 he staged the opera “Carmen" at the San Carlo Opera House in Naples. In 2001 he shot “Chimera” which is chosen to participate in the Montreal Film Festival and received a Grolla d'Oro for best photography. In 2006 he staged the opera “The human voice” at Ravello Festival . In 2008, he shot “Il seme della discordia” (The Seed of Discord) which was selected to compete at the Venice Film Festival. In 2009 the documentary on the publicist Armando Testa “Povero ma moderno” was selected as a Special Event under the Horizons Section of the Venice Film Festival. In 2012 was selected in competitions at The Rome Film festival with his last movie Il volto di un'altra, ( About face ) also selected in 2013, at Beijin Film Festival , and The Lincoln Center NY Film festival From1994 to date, he has created more than 40 videos centered on contemporary art and such artists as Kounellis, Serra, Gilbert and George, Kapoor, Merz, etc. Many of these works have received recognition and awards at international festivals, along with dedicated exhibits, including among others, London's Modern Tate Museum and the Centre Pompidou of Paris.
“Libera” (1993) selected at Berlin Film Festival, London Film Festival, and many others
“I buchi neri” (Black Holes) (1995) selected at the Venice Film Festival
“La stirpe di Iana” “I Vesuviani” (The Vesuvians) (1997) selected to compete at the Venice Film Festival “Chimera” (2001) selected to compete at the Motreal International Festival
“Il Seme della Discordia” (The Seed of Discord) (2008) selected to compete at the Venice Film Festival
“Il volto di un’altra” ( The face of another woman) selected to compete at the Rome Film Festival 2012.
Shorts : “Too Short for Sky” 10mm film short produced by and for Sky (2004)
“La Voce Umana” (The Human Voice), 30mm freely based on the same titled theatrical play by J.C. 2007 “QUESTIONI DI GUSTI” 11mm produced by Pasta Garofalo 2009
“Lets fall in love” spot against omofobia presented at Venice Film Festival 2013
Carmen at the San Carlo Opera Theatre in Naples conducted by Daniel Oren (2000)
“La Voce Umana” (The Human Voice) scored by Poulenc, libretto J. C. (2007)
Documentaries : “Armando Testa, Povero ma Moderno” (Poor but Modern) (2009) selected as a Special Event under the Horizons Section of the Venice Film Festival.
“Questi Fantasmi” (These Ghosts) by Eduardo De Filippo, with John Turturro, Mercadante Theatre, Naples. "Argento Puro" (Pure Argento) back stage on the film Nitrato d'Argento (Silver Nitrate) directed by Marco Ferreri “Argento and Pappi” documentary - interview with Dario Argento for Rai Sat Cinema
Documentaries on modern art from 1995 to 2013:
MIMMO PALADINO, RICHARD SERRA, JANNIS KOUNELLIS, REBBECCA HORN, GHILBER & GEORGE, ETTORE SPALLETTI, M. MERZ, HANISH KAPOOR, RAUSCHENBERG , LUIGI ONTANI and may others. Most of theese documentaries were invited to a wide selection of festivals as well as national and international museums, among which, the Tate Modern, The Centre Pompidou, and others. "Around" won an award at The Films about Art Festival in Montreal (Canada) in 2005, and was hailed the best documentary about Art at the Bressanone Doc Festival in 2006.