Paolo Sorrentino

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Paolo Sorrentino
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Sorrentino in 2008
Born (1970-05-31) 31 May 1970 (age 44)
Naples, Italy
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1994–present

Paolo Sorrentino (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaolo sorrenˈtino]; born 31 May 1970) is an Italian film director and screenwriter.

Life and career[edit]

Sorrentino was born in Naples. His first film as screenwriter, The Dust of Naples, was released in 1998. He also began directing short movies, including L'amore non ha confini in 1998 and La notte lunga in 2001. His feature-length debut was One Man Up (L'uomo in più), for which he was awarded the Nastro D'Argento prize.

He achieved international recognition in 2004 for his thriller, The Consequences of Love (Le conseguenze dell'amore). The film, which explores the mindset of a lonely businessman being used as a pawn by the Mafia, won many awards and was nominated for the Palme D'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Sorrentino's next feature, The Family Friend (L'amico di famiglia), was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May[1] and the London Film Festival in October 2006. It tells the story of a malicious septuagenarian loan-shark who develops a fixation with the beautiful daughter of one of his customers. Sorrentino made his acting debut with a cameo appearance in Nanni Moretti's film The Caiman (Il caimano), which was also shown at the 2006 London Film Festival.

Sorrentino's following film, Il Divo, is a dramatised biopic of Giulio Andreotti, the controversial Italian politician. The feature, which won the Prix du Jury at Cannes Film Festival, sees Sorrentino reunited with The Consequences of Love star, Toni Servillo, who plays the part of Andreotti.

In 2009, Sorrentino wrote the screenplay for a film version of Niccolò Ammaniti's Ti prendo e ti porto via (Steal You Away).[2]

This Must Be the Place marked the English-language feature debut of the Italian filmmaker. The plot centres around a middle-aged wealthy rock star, played by two time academy award winner Sean Penn, who becomes bored in his retirement and takes on the quest of finding the guard of the German camp where his father was imprisoned, who now lives in hiding in the U.S. The film was co-written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello[3] and premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[4]

His 2013 film The Great Beauty won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2014 Academy Awards. It won BAFTA award for Best Film Not in the English Language in the 67th British Academy Film Awards. It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[5] The film also received several accolades at the 2013 European Film Awards, including "Best Film" and " Best Director" for Sorrentino.[6]

Collaborators[edit]

Sorrentino likes to work with the same team of filmmakers, often engaging cast and crew from his previous films. Regular members of the 'team' include:

Collaborators L'amore non ha confini One Man Up La notte lunga The Consequences of Love Sabato, domenica e lunedì The Family Friend Il Divo The Slow Game This Must Be the Place Allo specchio The Great Beauty
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Nicola Giuliano (Producer)
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Toni Servillo (Actor)
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Umberto Contarello (Co-writer)
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Luca Bigazzi (Cinematographer)
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Pasquale Catalano (Composer)
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Giogiò Franchini (Editor)
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Cristiano Travaglioli (Editor)
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Emanuele Cecere (Sound)
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Daghi Rondanini (Sound)
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Lino Fiorito (Production designer)
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Daniela Ciancio (Costume designer)
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Anna Maria Sambucco (Casting director)
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Filmography[edit]

Director and screenwriter[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Shorts[edit]

  • Un paradiso (1994) - co-directed with Stefano Russo
  • L'amore non ha confini (1998)
  • La notte lunga (2001)
  • La primavera del 2002. L'Italia protesta, l'Italia si ferma (2002) - collective documentary
  • Quando le cose vanno male (2004) - segment of the collective movie Giovani talenti italiani
  • The Slow Game (La partita lenta, 2009)
  • L'assegnazione delle tende (2009) - segment of the collective movie L'Aquila 2009. Cinque registi tra le macerie
  • La principessa di Napoli (2010) - segment of the collective movie Napoli 24
  • In the Mirror (Allo specchio, 2011) - commercial short

Screenwriter[edit]

Novel[edit]

  • Everybody's Right (Hanno tutti ragione, Europa Editions, 2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: The Consequences of Love". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ Coscia, Biagio."Il ritorno di Sorrentino alla sceneggiatura", corriere.it, January 30, 2009
  3. ^ Fleming, Michael (May 17, 2009). "Sorrentino putting Penn in his 'Place'". Variety. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  5. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Winners 2013". European Film Awards. European Film Academy. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 

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