Ficino FilmsProducer Tia Spanos Tsonis and Writer/Director, Antonis Tsonis founded Ficino Films, a new independent film house based in Melbourne, Australia. Ficino Films aspires to create contemporary and world cinema productions that reach out to international audiences. It’s 2013 short film entitled, The Firebird (25 minutes) was multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed. It enjoyed particular success in Italy, London, New York, Indonesia and North America in over 35 festivals, including a selection in the Focus on World Cinema Category - Montreal World Film Festival.
Investors | CollaboratorsFicino Films welcomes international investors and collaborators to contact us regarding future projects with a World Cinema focus.
Stamatia (Tia) Spanos TsonisStamatia (Tia) Spanos Tsonis is an entrepreneur and publisher residing in Melbourne, Australia. Tia has financed and produced a number of short films, her productions have won awards and her work has travelled internationally. Tia is inspired by stories about those excluded by mainstream society and their enlightenment therein. Her 2013 production of the short film entitled The Firebird is set in Australia. The story is about a young man who becomes an artist; his calling born from the wisdom of the great poets and his political exclusion.
Antonis TsonisBorn in Athens, Greece, he migrated to Australia with his parents as an infant. He studied law and history and received his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Melbourne. His cinematic and literary expression reflects on the relationship between the mind and authority. Antonis is inspired by mid 20th century Italian cinema and especially by stories dealing with characters struggling at the fringes of society.
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Letter from Ficino
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Marsilio Ficino to Andrea Cambini, best of companions: greetings.
FOR a long time now, my most beloved companion, I have been much in your debt for many reasons, but above all else for this, that today, when my spirit was weighed down with a strange weariness, you have freed it from a rather troublesome burden. For you have sent me three speeches of your kinsman, Francesco Pucci, to read. Reading them has delighted me so much that I can scarcely find enough words of matching quality to express his delight. For those things which satisfy a need usually give the greatest pleasure. In fact, the qualities I look for above all others in speeches are these: meanings that are clear and not hidden, fullness without excess, brevity without defect, but whole and measured, and lastly, appropriateness and fine choice of words. To these might be added, where possible, the amazing skill of the painter, which presents to the eyes the subject itself. So when I actually found all these in your kinsman’s speeches, I was, of course, absolutely delighted. For this reason, dear friend, I am enormously grateful both to you and to him.
5th June, 1489