Jean-Marie Benjamin of French nationality has live in Italy since 1974.
Composer, writer, filmmaker, producer, Catholic priest
Jean-Marie Benjamin wrote, produced and directed the first fiction film dedicated to the life and work of St. Pio of Pietrelcina "Padre Pio: The Night of the Prophet" ("La notte del profeta"), with Sergio Fiorentini and Rodolfo Corsato (RAI UNO - 1998-1999-2011)).
He made "La Genesi del Tempo", a long documentary film. (RAI TV - 2001).
Directed « Tareq Aziz: The other truth », Special jury prize at the Silent River Film Festival in Irvine-Los Angeles (2011).
He wrote, directed and composed the music of « We’ll rise at dawn » (2018-2019).
He is a composer and conductor, and plays the guitar, piano and electronic keyboard. He has composed numerous works of classical and popular music.
From 1966 until today, he has recorded 28 albums (works of classical music, film soundtracks and popular music). He is the author of the Official Anthem of UNICEF (Ode to the Child), created in Rome in April 1984 (Choir and Orchestra of RAI, Rome, transmitted in Eurovision).
Paul McCartney has recorded the Benjamin’s Ode to the Child. He has recorded music scores and songs for singers in France, Italy, Holland, Germany and disco music in London (1973-1978). He's the author of various film soundtracks "The Bible" by Marcel Carné, "Servant et Maîtresse" by Gantillon and various documentary films). Composer of the music scores for the film "MOTHERS" produced by Condor Pictures in London, directed by Liana Marabini, released in Italy on 13 April 2017.
Some of his classical compositions are: Oratorio “The Creation of the Angels” for soloists, mixed and male choir and orchestra, Madrid Opera (1975) and Rome RAIUNO (1984); Jerusalem Symphony, Paris, Salle Pleyel Symphony Orchestra (1972); Concerto for cello and orchestra (Geneva); “Salve Regina” for mixed choir and strings, Rome (1994) and many more.
He is the author of a play about Saint Francis, which had the world premiere at the Kremlin Theatre in Moscow (1992) and was broadcast on Russian television.
He has published ten books in Italy, France, Switzerland and Ireland.
He is a member of the “Société des Gens de Lettres de France” and of the Union of Italian Artists.
Montyon Prize of the Académie Française for his book "Jean-Paul II: L’Octobr Romain".
He was ordained a priest in 1991.