Gianni Meurer was born in 1974 in Bonn as the son of German-Italian parents. In the early 1990s he studied Dance and Drama at the Stage School of Music in Hamburg. Following his training as a musical actor, he worked in various productions, including Kiss Me Kate, La Cage aux Folles, My Fair Lady or West Side Story.
In 2009, friends told him about the upcoming auditions for the musical “Ich war noch niemals in New York in Vienna. Gianni took the chance and finally, after three auditions, he was part of the team. He moved to Vienna and since March 2010 he plays the role of “Costa” at the Raimund-Theater six times per week.
In addition to his numerous engagements in musicals Gianni looks back on a series of film and television productions, including Rosa von Praunheim’s Spurensuche and an episode for the well-known german TV-crime-show “Tatort”, directed by Angelina Maccarone.
He met Claudia Rorarius in 2004 at an acting workshop hold by John Costopoulos. Costopoulos studied at the legendary Actors Studio in NY alongside Harvey Keitel. Other famous actors were trained there, such as James Dean, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.
Inspired by the so called method-acting method, they both dealt with during the workshop, they soon came up with the first ideas for CHI L’HA VISTO – WHO SAW HIM. In this partly autobiographical roadmovie Gianni plays the main role, a Half-Italien twenty-something who’s looking for his father in Italy.
At first sight, young Berliner Gianni Meurer looks a lot like a southerner, and that’s how he feels and acts. The Italian blood coursing through his veins pushes him to take a journey to the unknown in order to seek out his roots and his father, whom he last saw 25 years earlier. Besides faded childhood memories, the only reminders he has of his dad are a few letters and a photograph. Gianni sets out for Rome, showing the photo to everyone he meets on the way in the hope that someone will eventually recognize his dad.
In this remarkable debut, German director Claudia Rorarius, who has ample experience making documentaries, blends fiction and reality, biography and drama. Chi l’ha visto (Who Saw Him) – a road movie about a trip the protagonist must take in order to move on with his life – is based on improvised dialogue and wonderful acting performances from well-known musician Paul Kominek and, above all, Gianni Meurer, which is the protagonist’s actual name. In Germany he is a popular musical actor who, like Gianni in the movie, is an Italian-German who lost all contact with his father at an early age.
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Claudia Rorarius (director) und Gianni Meurer (lead actor)
Claudia Rorarius was born in Berlin. After studying photography at the Lette-Verein-Berlin, she has been successfully working as a freelance photographer for various magazines such as Zeit-Magazin, Spex, WIRE and Wallpaper.
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Now we are looking forward to its theatrical release in Germany, which is the starting point for all other distribution plans. A successful theatrical release in Germany also allows us to show CHI L’HA VISTO – WHO SAW HIM to an international audience and helps the release of the film in other countries as well as on DVD and online.
For the theatrical release and the subsequent international DVD release we still need analog and digital copies of the film. We also need to finish the subtitling, author the DVD and produce some various marketing materials. This is why we started two crowdfunding campaigns, one for international backers on IndieGoGo, another one for German speaking fans and supporters on startnext.
Together with friends, fans and movie lovers worldwide, we hope to receive enough money to bring CHI L’HA VISTO – WHO SAW HIM to the cinemas, release it on DVD and show it to as many people as possible. Especially independent film-lovers, road movie and drama fans, friends of the Italian cinema, people who are in search of their own identity, as well as homosexuals and people with bi-national backgrounds will love the film.
The money from both crowdfunding campaigns goes straight into the production of film copies for the theatrical release, the subtitling, recording of audio comments, DVD-authoring, promotional material (posters, postcards, trailer production etc.), press screenings, travel and transportation and general marketing activities.
In the following weeks we will keep you in the loop on our CHI L’HA VISTO BLOG and we will update you with all the latest news about the theatrical release and the crowdfunding campaigns. Additionally we’ll give you exclusive insight into the making of the movie and provide you with background infos.