CASSANDRA HAN

Casting Director

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Cassandra’s career in film, television and theatre has spanned more than 30 years. As a casting director, she has worked on projects for Netflix, Sky, Twentieth Century Fox, ARD/Degeto, Gaumont, Barefoot Films, Wildside, Letterbox, Lieblingsfilm, Big Window, and Cattleya and for illustrious directors such as Terrence Malick, James Mangold, Giuseppe Tornatore, Dror Zahavi, Til Schweiger, and Stefan Ruzowitsky. New York film and television production credits include Jim Carroll’s "The Basketball Diaries" with Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio and the PBS documentary series "The Human Language." Cassandra has also worked extensively as a writer, editor, dramaturg, and translator, specializing in adapting German and Italian screenplays and pitch materials into English. In her early career, she worked for Broadway producer Richard Frankel, as well as at the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse and Opera Company of Philadelphia. Cassandra co-founded and helped run two New York theatre companies, including Ethan Hawke’s Malaparte. Cassandra holds a Master of Fine Arts from Trinity Repertory Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a founding member of Women in Film, Television and Media Italia and a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN). She was a jury member for the 2021 European Shooting Stars and a voter for the International Emmy Awards.

 

LORENZO VITI

Casting Director

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Lorenzo’s background is in architecture, but he’s been working in film for nearly a decade now. He started off in casting, with associate credits that range from Terrence Malick’s A HIDDEN LIFE (Cannes 2019) to James Mangold’s FORD VS. FERRARI for Twentieth Century Fox (for Oscar nominations) to the hit Netflix series BARBARIANS for Gaumont. In 2020, he did Italy Casting for WAS WIR WOLLTEN, which was nominated for three Austrian Film Awards and two Romys. Lorenzo founded and serves as managing director for Background Players, which provided location casting services for such projects as Evi Romen’s award-winning debut feature HOCHWALD, the Sky One series A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES and Ulrich Köhler’s IN MY ROOM, which premiered at Cannes in 2018. Lorenzo recently co-founded Enrosadira Pictures and is currently producing the documentary feature ENDGAME: THE SOUTH TYROL 1945 and has two feature films in development.

 

CHIARA PETTINARI

Casting Associate

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Chiara is currently a Casting Associate on numerous projects for Cassandra Han Casting, after having worked as a Casting Assistant on Season Two of BARBARIANS (produced by Gaumont for Netflix, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky), FILIP (produced by Akson Studio, directed by Michał Kwieciński), SISTERS (produced by Albolina Film, directed by Linda Olte), ON THIN ICE (directed by Ernst Gossner) and SHELTER FROM THE STORM (directed by Jake Weber). She worked on the sales team of Universal Pictures Italia - Home Entertainment and in the Content Proposition and VOD Strategy and Performances team of Sky Italia. Chiara graduated with top honors in Economics and Management of Cultural Heritage and Entertainment at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, with a thesis on international co-productions for film and TV, and then in Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment at Università Bocconi, with a thesis on the impact of socio-political influences in the assignment of Oscar awards. She has been a member of the Bocconi Cinema Association and worked as an assistant for the Trailers FilmFest in Milan. She has rounded out her studies with courses in filmmaking at ALMED in Milan and the School of Visual Arts in New York, and participated in the MIA New Generation 2020 training program at the MIA Market in Rome.