Hailed as “one of the great torchbearers for expressionistic cinema” by Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival, Baino was recently honored with a very exclusive Green Card only awarded to artists of “Extraordinary Ability”, thanks to his talent as a film direc- tor and multimedia artist.
At a very young age, Mariano left his native Italy and relocated to London, UK, where he wrote and directed CARUNCULA, a highly acclaimed short feature, which first showcased Baino’s arresting visual style, receiving rave reviews on the festival circuit. Next, Mariano headed for the Ukraine to begin shooting his first feature film, DARK WATERS.
The film went on to win, among other prizes, the Prix du Public at Montreal's FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL and, at the FANTAFESTIVAL in Rome, DARK WATERS was awarded the prestigious Vincent Price Award.
Whilst continuing development of his long cherished project, RITUAL, based on the best-selling novel by Graham Mas- terton, Mariano completed a short film, NEVER EVER AFTER, a dark, twisted fairy tale about a woman's dissatisfaction with her body and the miracle operation which promises to help her live happily ever after.
Apart from writing his own material to direct, Mariano Baino has worked as a screenwriter for many years. He wrote FLOWER OF SHAME, a drama set in Macedonia, for German Producer Vesna Jovanoska, who also hired him to adapt Chris Niles' urban thriller HELL'S KITCHEN for the screen. He also wrote a film adaptation of the classic noir novel 3 TO KILL by Jean Patrick Manchette for NoShame Films.
THY KINGDOM COME, another one of Mariano's screenplays, wrapped production in Argentina and was successfully released with the alternative title WINGS OF FEAR. He also adapted Nikolai Gogol's famed short story, THE VIJ, with act- ing legend Donald Sutherland earmarked to star in the film.
HIDDEN 3D, a stereoscopic film based on an original story Baino co-wrote with Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, was co-pro- duced by Oscar winner Don Carmody and released in 2013.
Mariano Baino will next helm the feature film ASTRID’S SAINTS, which he co-wrote and is producing with Coralina Catal- di-Tassoni who will also star in the role of Astrid.
Mariano resides in New York City
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, a native New Yorker, is an award-winning actress and multimedia artist, with a devoted international fan following thanks to her performances in seminal European movies.
Born into a family of Opera professionals, she began performing in her father’s Opera company at the tender age of three. As a young child, she moved to Rome, Italy, where she spent her formative years. She returned to the USA upon being honored with a scholarship offered to her by THE SECOND CITY'S famous Training Center for Improvisation in Chicago, IL, breeding ground for many of today's premiere comic talent (Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mike Myers).
In 2016, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni won an AWARD OF EXCELLENCE in the category of Actress: Leading at the BEST SHORTS COMPETITION, for her role as Lady Macbeth in the short film LADY M 5.1 .
Cataldi-Tassoni is best known for her film work (Opera, Mother Of Tears, The Dirt, Phantom Of The Opera) with renowned European directors such as legendary filmmakers Dario Argento, Pupi Avati and Luciano Odorisio. Recently, Coralina starred in Baggage Claim, directed by Golden Globe winner Irene Miracle (Midnight Express). She has performed alongside such screen luminaries as the late Oscar nominee Pete Postlethwaite (The Usual Suspects) and John Hannah (The Mummy, Sliding Doors, Spartacus).
Her career has been celebrated in numerous publications, most recently in the book CORALINA: LIFE IS ART/ART IS LIFE, edited by journalist Filippo Brunamonti (La Repubblica, Huffington Post). This prestigiouspublication has had the honor to been recently added to the research department at the New York Public Library for The Performing Arts.
"Mariano Baino and I have been working tirelessly on producing our feature film, ASTRID'S SAINTS, and consumed by all the business meetings, we felt that we needed a creative endeavor to remember who we are and why we chose to be artists. Playing Lady Macbeth was something that had been on my mind for some time now, so we went for it! And taking this leap with the magnificent director Baino made the adventure all the more exciting!"
Next she will be starring as Astrid in ASTRID'S SAINTS, a feature film she co-wrote and is producing with director Mariano Baino.
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni resides in New York City.