Alessio De Leonardis studied film at the University of Bologna and broke into film in 2003 as a director’s assistant and then an A.D. starting in 2005. Over the course of his career, he has worked with filmmakers such as Krzysztof Zanussi, Daniele Vicari, Claudio Fragasso, Paolo e Vittorio Taviani, Gabriele Mainetti, Vincenzo Marra, and Marco Risi. He started directing his own films in 2011, first a number of award-winning shorts, then several music videos. In television, he worked as second unit director on the Raiuno series L’Aquila, grandi speranze. In 2015 he was a collaborating director to Paolo Cevoli on the film Soldato Semplice. Ghiaccio is his first feature film.
Starting in 2000, singer Fabrizio Moro has taken part in the Sanremo Festival several times. And it was that same year that his first album as a songwriter, Fabrizio Moro, came out. In 2007, he signed with producers Giancarlo Bigazzi and Marco Falagiani and started putting together his album Pensa. His song of the same name won both the critics’ prize and the young talent section at Sanremo. In 2018, he joined forces with songwriter Ermal Meta to triumph at Sanremo with the song Non mi avete fatto niente. In 2021 he and Alessio De Leonardis co-directed the music video Sogni di rock’n’roll, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. He has now teamed up with De Leonardis once more on Ghiaccio.