Giada Colagrande was born in Pescara, Italy, on October 16 1975.
She studied in Italy, Switzerland and Australia, and in 1995 she moved to Rome where she began making video art and documentaries on contemporary art.
From 1997 to 2000 she joined the art project VOLUME, where she made videos on the works of Sol Lewitt, Jannis Kounellis, Alfredo Pirri, Bernhard Rudiger, Nunzio, Raimund Kummer, Gianni Dessi and Maurizio Savini.
She made three short films: "Carnaval" (1997), "Fetus - 4 Brings Death" (1999), and "n.3" (2000).
In 2001 she wrote, directed and starred in her first feature film, 'Aprimi il Cuore' (Open My Heart), which premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2002, and then was selected by many international film festivals, such as the Tribeca Film Festival 2003, in competition, and Paris Cinema 2003, where it won the award 'Prix de l'avenir'. Giada was also nominated for Best New Director at the Silver Ribbon 2003. 'Aprimi il Cuore' was released in Italy by Lucky Red and in the USA by Strand Releasing.
In 2005 she directed her second feature 'Before It Had a Name', which she co-wrote and co-starred in with Willem Dafoe. The film opened at the Venice Film Festival 2005, was then showed in San Sebastian Film Festival and various other film festivals. It was distributed worldwide by Millennium with the title 'Black Widow'.
In 2010 she wrote and directed her third feature 'A Woman', starring Willem Dafoe, Jess Weixler and Stefania Rocca. It also premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2010 and then screened at many other international film festivals.
In 2012 she completed the feature 'Bob Wilson's Life & Death of Marina Abramovic', a documentary on the opera directed by Robert Wilson, based on Marina Abramovic’s biography, starring Willem Dafoe, Antony Hegarty and Abramovic herself, which was screened at MoMA in New York and at the Louvre Museum in Paris, after premiering at the Venice Film Festival 2012, together with the short film 'The Woman Dress', third episode of the PRADA series 'The Miu Miu Women's Tales'.
In 2013 the film 'The Abramovic Method', which continued her collaboration with performance artist Marina Abramovic, was presented at the Venice Film Festival.
In 2016 she wrote, directed and performed in 'PADRE', starring Franco Battiato, Willem Dafoe and Marina Abramovic. After premiering at the Morelia International Film Festival, the film is still showing in film festivals around the world.
As an actress, she has also performed in Abel Ferrara's 'Pasolini' (2014) and in Wes Anderson's short film 'Castello Cavalcanti' (2014).
THE MAGIC DOOR
In 2017 Giada made her debut as a singer, writer & composer in the project
created with Arthuan Rebis and Vincenzo Zitello. www.themagicdoor.net