Filippo Timi

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Filippo Timi
Filippo Timi 2009.jpg
Filippo Timi at the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Born (1974-02-27) 27 February 1974 (age 43)
Perugia, Italy
Years active 1999 - present

Filippo Timi (born 27 February 1974) is an Italian actor, director and writer.

Winner of ‘best actor under 30’ at the 2004 UBU Awards, the maximum prize for Italian theatre, onstage he has been Orpheus, Danton, Perceval, Cupid, Hamlet and Satan, playing three different roles in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House by Andrée Ruth Shammah in 2016.

Despite his stuttering and partial blindness he became a star of the big screen including a wide range of activities as author and entrepreneur for TV, cinema, theatre, magazines and musical shows; between 2006 and 2008 he published the best-seller trilogy Tuttalpiù muoio (At Least I’ll die), E lasciamole cadere queste stelle (Let these stars fall) and Peggio che diventare famoso (Worse than becoming famous) in which he recalls his humble origins and transform youth troubles into a powerful and intense love for life, through a vividly ironic and phantasmagoric lens.

His 2009 Shakespeare adaptation Il popolo non ha il pane, diamogli le brioche (People don’t have bread, let’s give them sweet rolls), written, directed and starring by him as Hamlet, was sold out for two years and legitimated his name as one of the most acclaimed and talented authors of Italian Theatre.

His film career took off with roles in Ferzan Ozpetek’s multiple award winning Saturn in Opposition and Saverio Costanzo’s In Memory of Me, for which he was nominated for a best supporting actor award by the Italian Syndicate of Film Journalists. After taking the lead roles in Wilma Labate’s Miss F and Giuliano Montaldo’s The Demons of St. Petersberg with Isabella Rossellini, he won a Best Actor award for his leading role in Academy Award winner director Gabriele Salvatores‘s As God Commands.

Since 2009 Timi’s films were in competition in major festivals: at Cannes with Vincere by Marco Bellocchio, where he played the young Benito Mussolini, and at the Venice International Film Festival with the debut of Giuseppe Capotondi, The Double Hour, winner of the Coppa Volpi. He played dramatic roles in Vallanzasca, Angel of Evil (2011), the period drama Rust (2011) alongside comedies like Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia (2012).

The actor completed his English-language debut, acting alongside George Clooney in Anton Corbijn's action film The American, and dubbing Tom Hardy's voice in the Italian release of The Dark Knight Rises.

Believer in the unity between theatre and philosophy as his Carmelo Bene inspirational figure did, he is considered “major author in Italian cultural system”[1]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Questi giorni
2016 Icaros: A Vision (awaiting release)
2013 Un château en Italie
2012 Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia
2011 Rust
2011 When the Night
2010 The Solitude of Prime Numbers
Vallanzasca - Angel of Evil
The American
2009 Vincere Played both Benito Mussolini

and his illegitimate son,

Benito Albino Dalser

The Double Hour
2008 As God Commands
2007 Saturn in Opposition

Selected plays[edit]

• Fuoco centrale, by Cesare Ronconi (1995) • G.A. story, by Robert Wilson (1996) • La rabbia, study by Pippo Delbono (1996) • Medea, by Filippo Timi e Federica Santoro; produced by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (1999) • F. di O., by Filippo Timi, produced by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (1999) • La tempesta, by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (1999) • Il Graal, by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (2000) • Woyzeck, by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (2001) • Il gabbiano, by Anton Milenin (2001) • La morte di Danton, by Aleksandr Popowski (2004) • La vita bestia, by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (2006) • Il colore bianco, by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (2006) • Il popolo non ha il pane? Diamogli le brioche, by Filippo Timi (2009) • Favola. C'era una volta una bambina, e dico c'era perché ora non c'è più, by Filippo Timi (2011) • Giuliett'e Romeo. M'engolfi 'l core, amore, by Filippo Timi (2011) • Il Don Giovanni: vivere è un abuso, mai un diritto, by Filippo Timi (2013) • Skianto, by Filippo Timi (2014) • Una casa di bambola, by Andrée Ruth Shammah, (2015–16)


  1. ^ from Goffredo Fofi's 'Lo straniero' 2010 award

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