Screenwriter, painter, cartoonist and journalist, Zavattini was born in Luzzara, near Reggio Emilia, in 1902 and died in Rome in 1989
A typical character of the Bassa, the surreal flat land along the river Po, he was a man of many faces, who also worked for a while at the local newspaper, Gazzetta di Parma, and as a teacher.
Among his pupils: famous film critic Pietrino Bianchi, writer Giovannino Guareschi, inventor of Peppone and Don Camillo, and the poet Attilio Bertolucci.
Zavattini went to Cuba in 1953, in 1958 and in 1959. In 1959 he wrot the subject for the movie El joven rebelde directed by Julio Garcìa Espinosa.
In 1955 and in 1957 he went to Messico, where he wrote about the movies L’anellino magico, L’anno meraviglioso and Mexico mio.