Gabriele Salvatores at the presentation of Happy Family
30 July 1950 |
|Occupation||Producer, Film director, Writer|
|Awards||Academy Award in 1991 for Mediterraneo|
Gabriele Salvatores (born 30 July 1950) is an Italian Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter.
In that year, he directed his first feature film, Marrakech Express, which was followed in 1990 by Turné. Both films shared a group of actor-friends, including Diego Abatantuono and Fabrizio Bentivoglio, who will be present in many of his later movies. Turné was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
In 1991, Salvatores received great international praise for Mediterraneo, which won an Academy Award as best foreign film. It also won three David di Donatello, the most important award for Italian cinema, and a Silver Ribbon.
In 1992, he released Puerto Escondido, from the eponymous novel by Pino Cacucci, in which Abatantuono and Bentivoglio were joined by another standard actor for Salvatores, Claudio Bisio. The following year he directed Sud, featuring Silvio Orlando, an attempt to denounce the political and social situation of the Mezzogiorno of Italy seen from the point of view of the unemployed and those at the margins of society.
The main themes of Salvatores' screenplays are escape from a reality that cannot be accepted or understood, nostalgia for friends, and voyages that never end. A new experimental period, however, started in 1997 with Nirvana, a science fiction/cyberpunk attempt which received mixed reviews. This was followed by the surreal Denti (Teeth, 2000), and Amnèsia (2002). Both featured Sergio Rubini.
A good success was Io non ho paura of 2003, from the Niccolò Ammaniti novel. In 2005 he directed the noir Quo Vadis, Baby?. His 2008 film As God Commands was entered into the 31st Moscow International Film Festival.
- Sogno di una notte d'estate (1983)
- Kamikazen ultima notte a Milano (1987)
- Marrakech Express (1989)
- Turné (1990)
- Mediterraneo (1991)
- Puerto Escondido (1992)
- Sud (1993)
- Nirvana (1997)
- Denti (2000)
- Amnèsia (2002)
- Io non ho paura (2003)
- Quo Vadis, Baby? (2005)
- Come Dio comanda (2008)
- Happy Family (2010)
- Siberian Education (2012)
- Italy in a Day (2014)