Matteo who is thirty-five years old,italian by birth and american by adoption, is living a quiet life in New York with his young girlfriend Susan who is eight months pregnant.
11th September 2001
Matteo rushes to the airport; he needs to go to Italy pick up his old parents to then return with them to New York in order to organise the wedding.
He misses the Alitalia flight but manages to board with another company…but flight number five is hijacked by terrorists and never recovered….
On board, he finds himself beside an american couple.In her arms she holds an eight month old baby called Tommy.
Roaring….and silence….Matteo finds himself floating over the ocean and in the darkness of the night he can only hear a baby’s cries.They find themselves lying on the sand of an unknown territory.
From this moment on, Matteo will live the biggest tragedy of his life.He will not only have to look after the baby,but also deal with animals of every species imaginable which will try to kill them.
Lions,hyenas,snakes,kangaroos,pumas,bears,jackals,monkeys,rhinos,elephants,deer,zebras,wolves,tigers and crocodiles.
Matteo cannot understand where in the world he is and much less how all these animals manage to cohabit in the same place.
As days,weeks and months go past,he attacks and kills ferociously;he makes traps and becomes a “Rambo” in this hostile environment.
He carefully crafts weapons and investigates different systems and methods of protection; he then ventures off.Three years after the aircraft disaster, Matteo finally manages to get to the top of the mountain.He now looks over the other side seeking civilisation…in the distance he reads ‘Mediterranean Club’.
Suddenly he feels a gun pointing to the back of his neck;dozens of men in uniform run around him.One voice outstands all the others: “We have been looking for you for ages.After seeing all the dead animals along the way we knew you were in the area! You are completely mad going hunting with such a small child!”
Amidst all the confusion of loud voices and radios, Matteo manages to lift his gaze to read a nearby big sign attached to a metal gate.It reads:
“NASSAU PARK,THE ONLY NATURAL RESERVE IN THE WORLD WITH ALL THE EXISTING LIVING ANIMAL SPECIES”
Whilst a police officer handcuffs him, Matteo closes his eyes and falls back unconscious….
Casile is Professor of Painting and Visual Education at the Institute of Fine Arts of Bologna. He is also Professor at the University of Bologna Primo Levi (p. 16). He is also the Artistic Director of the Calabria Film Festival (p. 13) and the Premio Internazionale di Scultura “Sandoni”.(P. 13)
Casile is also the inventor of Cineshow and the Salone Internazionale del Cinema in Turin.(P. 13), Screenwriter and Director he has worked alongside directors such as Comencini, Squitieri, Bolognini, Tessari, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Wim Wenders. (From p. 4 at p. 11)
Film writer, won the Solinas Award 1986 for best screenplay with “UN RAGAZZO DI CALABRIA” film directed by Luigi Comencini (Golden Lion at Venice, 1987) and starring Gian Maria Volontè, Diego Abatantuono, Giada Desideri and Therese Liotard.(P. 6-7)
In 1993 he released his first novel entitled “Around the TREE the STUPID” . edited by the publisher Lo Scarabeo. (P.14)
In 1997 he wrote and directed the film “Between Scylla and Charybdis” released nation wide in Italy in 1998, produced by Fulvio Lucisano and distributed by Italian International Film. .(P. 9)
In 2003 Casile wrote for Hollywood the screenplay for the film “the PHARAOH of the SANDS”, based on the novel by VALERIO MASSIMO MANFREDI published in Italy by Mondadori. .(P. 4)
In 2004 with Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Casile wrote the screenplay for “ the “Memorie di Adriano” by Yourcenar, a novel that is about to become a film directed by John Boorman. .(P. 12)
In 2003 he founded the nuova SCUOLA LIBERA DEL NUDO “that in just one year has 280 members with over 30 models (p. 17)
In February 2012 was invited by the Academy of CINEMA and Television of Cinecittà in Rome to hold the lesson EXCELLENT DIRECTING and ACTING.(P. 16)
In 2011 has published his second novel “LA RIVINCIATA DEL NUMERO CINQUE’ (p. 14)
In the 1980’s Casile collaborated with the newspaper Il Resto del Carlino publishing articles and illustrative vignettes.(P. 21)
Later realizes regie, stands and posters for large cinema shows and fashion together with Enrico Job (Pag20/21)
Still regie and posters for the Red Cross to government agencies.(P. 21)
Makes pottery painted vases and the pieces are signed and cataloged as original works which can be found in private collections around the world, from New York to Los Angeles.St. Petersburg etc. (P. 21)
As PROFESSOR of Painting in the ROLE of Artistic Disciplines for the Istituto d’Arte di Savona, Milan, Parma, Modena Casile was appointed by the MINISTRY of EDUCATION Commissioner for competitions to judge Pictorial Disciplines (p. 16).
Having won numerous awards for his work as screenplayer and artist he has held many meeting and debates on art and about cinema at the Otis Art Institue of Parsons of Design in Los Angels, as well as in other cities like Philadelphia, Oslo, Lausanne invited by the Italian Consul Barattolo in 2009) Reggio Cal. Parma. (Pag 5/16)
Several times was invited to the Maurizio Costanzo Show to talk about Art, Cinema and Teaching). .(P. 12)
Currently cooperates with various art galleries,( Los Angeles, Bogota, Santa Fè,, Paris, Bogota) … .(see website)
In 2011, the LUBIAM of Mantua (one of the most important fashion houses for men in the world) realizes a jacket and the lining is a reproduction of a watercolor painting by Casile. The jacket is presentedat the prestigious men fashion show at the Pitti Palace in Florence and later on the set of his film …(P. 21)
Born in Calabria, Bolognese of adoption, attended the academies of fine arts in Reggio Calabria, Bologna, New York, London, Paris, and Philadelphia. As a pupil of the Academy, first in Reggio Calabria (a pupil of Marino),then in Bologna (pupil of the Milesi and Contini) Casile won for three times in a row (only artist to achieve this honour of n.d.r review) the Lubiam of Mantua, the most important and prestigious European Prize of painting for students of all fine arts Academies in Europe.
Producing paintings in large dimensions, Casile has always privileged art exhibits at large and prestigious public spaces, (Royal Palace of Budapest, (p. 22/23.)Government Palace of Yaroslavl in Russia, Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna …(P. 18) … etc …
To date, between private and public galleries, Assessorati alla Cultura, Municipalities, Provinces, Regions, Cultural Institutes, Consulates Casile has set up more than one hundred solo exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Many of his works are located in the city of New York, Philadelphia, Jenkintown (Pennsylvania), Paris, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Boston, Munich, Vienna, Montreal, Polanica Zdròj (Poland), Adelaide, Yaroslavl (Russia), Princeton (New Jersey) Budapest, and Bogota. (Pag22/23)
For many years Casile has practiced competitive athletics in track and field on the distance of 20 and 50 kilometres competing in the team Carabineri di Bologna multiple times world champions. He has participated in twelve Italian leagues absolute, six world championships and several international competitions.(P. 12)
He was also a football referee of the FGIC di Bologna.(P. 12).
For many years he has worked as a volunteer for 118 Public assistance with the city of Bologna (p. 23)