Annual Campari Calendar Reinvented as Captivating Series of Short Films


MILAN (October 12th 2016) – Today, Campari®, Italy’s iconic bittersweet red aperitif, announces Campari Red Diaries – a holistic (r)evolution to its well-known, annual Campari Calendar.

A departure from its classic calendar photographic stills format, Campari Red Diaries is a series of short films that bring to life the powerful ethos that “every cocktail tells a story.”  Using globally renowned bartenders as narrators, Campari Red Diaries celebrates cocktails as a powerful vehicle for expression, shining a light on the inspirations that influence bartenders and their craft.

The lead story in the series, a mini film noir called Killer in Red, was written and directed by internationally-renowned and award-winning film maker Paolo Sorrentino and stars globally-acclaimed actor Clive Owen.

Sorrentino’s Killer in Red ignites the Campari Red Diaries journey and is complemented by a collection of 12 cocktail stories from world-class bartenders from all over the globe captured by emerging Italian director Ivan Olita, bringing the artistry and flair of each bartender to life.

On his involvement, the Golden Globe™ award-winning Clive Owen adds, “I was honored to be chosen to shoot Killer in Red, particularly since this year represents Campari’s first foray into the world of cinematography and film.”

Bob Kunze-Concewitz, Chief Executive Officer of Gruppo Campari comments, “The direction taken with this year’s campaign is unique – we have used film for the first time in the brand’s history, while also celebrating the flavor complexity and versatility of Campari that inspires such imaginative recipe creation. We’re very much looking forward to unveiling the full campaign come January.”

On writing and directing Killer in Red, Paolo Sorrentino comments, Campari is an Italian icon which has garnered global love and attention with its intrinsic aestheticism and well-defined style – the very same qualities I pride myself on. With this year’s campaign embracing the realm of film, I really wanted to ensure I harnessed the theme of storytelling with an intriguing intensity.”

While the content will be housed exclusively on Campari’s YouTube channel, the premiere of Killer in Red and the unveil of Campari Red Diaries will take place on January 24th, 2017 in Rome, Italy; home to the legendary Cinecittà film studio.

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A holistic evolution to the late Campari Calendar, the first edition of Campari Red Diaries shines a light on the experiences and emotions that inspire bartenders to create and share their craft; bringing to life the powerful ethos that “every cocktail tells a story” while celebrating cocktails as a form of art and a powerful vehicle of expression. Captivating month by month, Campari Red Diaries 2017 harnesses the richness of storytelling with bartenders as the narrators.


Campari is a contemporary and charismatic classic. The secret recipe, which has remained unchanged, originated in Novara in 1860 and is the base for some of the most famous cocktails around the world. Campari is an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water. With its vibrant red colour, intense aroma and inspiring flavour, Campari has always been a symbol of intrigue and pleasure, which unfurls itself into a captivating drinking experience. These are the values that have made the Campari brand famous throughout the world as an icon of passionate Italian style and excellence.


Gruppo Campari is a major player in the global spirits industry, with a portfolio of over 50 premium and super premium brands, spreading across Global, Regional and Local priorities. Global Priorities, the Group’s key focus, include AperolAppleton EstateCampariSKYY, Wild Turkey and Grand Marnier. The Group was founded in 1860 and today is the sixth-largest player worldwide in the premium spirits industry. It has a global distribution reach, trading in over 190 nations around the world with leading positions in Europe and the Americas. The Group’s growth strategy aims to combine organic growth through strong brand building and external growth via selective acquisitions of brands and businesses. Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Campari owns 18 plants and 4 wineries worldwide and has its own distribution network in 19 countries. The Group employs approximately 4,000 people. The shares of the parent company, Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI – Bloomberg CPR IM), have been listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001. For more information: enjoy our brands responsibly.

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