MISTER WONDERLAND

2019 / 53’

Mister Wonderland recounts the remarkable story of Sylvester Z. Poli, a humble artisan who emigrated from Italy to America at the end of the 19th century — only to become the greatest theater impresario of his time. The film chronicles his journey from rural Tuscany to the bright lights of the Roaring Twenties, revealing how a migrant’s ingenuity shaped the movie-going experience as we know it. Crossing continents and generations, Mister Wonderland sets out to find what remains today of Sylvester’s theaters and the communities they used to serve.


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FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Festival dei Popoli  /  ‘Il Cinemino’ Award
New Haven Documentary Film Festival  /  Official Selection
African Diaspora International Film Festival  /  Official Selection
Addis International Film Festival  /  Official Selectio
Africa World Film Festival  /  Official Selection
Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis-St. Paul  /  Official Selection


CREDITS

Produced by Awen Films

Directed by Valerio Ciriaci
Written by Valerio Ciriaci and Luca Peretti
Cinematographer: Isaak J. Liptzin
Editor: Andrea Fumagalli
Original Score: Francesco Venturi
Animation: Avansguardi
Sound design: Luigi Porto
Executive Producer: Nicola Borrelli
Producers: Isaak Liptzin, Valerio Ciriaci, Luca Peretti,
Maurizio Bernardi, Cristina Gianni

In collaboration with Infinity Blue, Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema

With the support of Fondazione Paolo Cresci per la Storia dell’emigrazione e italiana, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca

With the support of Programma Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinema

Fiscally sponsored by Independent Filmmaker Project (The Gotham)

WITH THE SUPPORT OF:
Italian Cultural Institute, New York
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College)
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (New York University)
Provincia di Lucca
Comune di Coreglia Antelminelli
Comune di Gallicano
Associazione Lucchesi nel Mondo