Floria Sigismondi

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Floria Sigismondi
Image Floria Sigismondi.jpg
Sigismondi in 2011
Born1965 (age 55–56)
EducationOntario College of Art
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, music video director, artist, photographer
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Lawrence Rothman
Children1
Websitefloriasigismondi.com

Floria Sigismondi (/ˌsɪɪzˈmɒndi/, born 1965) is an Italian-Canadian film director, screenwriter, music video director, artist, and photographer.

She is best known for writing and directing The Runaways, for directing music videos for performers including Marilyn Manson, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Leonard Cohen, Katy Perry, Björk and David Bowie, and commercials for brands such as Gucci, MAC, Target and Nike. Sigismondi has also directed television including two episodes of The Handmaid's Tale and American Gods.

Life and career[edit]

Sigismondi was born in Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. Her parents, Lina and Domenico Sigismondi, were opera singers. Her family, including her sister Antonella, moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada[1] when she was two. In her childhood she became obsessed by drawing and painting. Starting in 1987, she studied painting and illustration at the Ontario College of Art, today's Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU). When she took a photography course, she became obsessed once more, and graduated with a photography major.

Sigismondi started a career as a fashion photographer. She came to directing music videos when she was approached by the production company The Revolver Film Co., and directed music videos for a number of Canadian bands. Her very innovative, but also very disturbing video works, located in sceneries she once described as "entropic underworlds inhabited by tortured souls and omnipotent beings," attracted a number of very prominent musicians. She has further described her works as, "Something quite textural and brutal" and something quite beautiful and light. It's like blending two worlds."[2]

With her photography and sculpture installations she had solo exhibitions in Hamilton and Toronto, New York City, Brescia (Italy), Gothenburg (Sweden), and London. Her photographs also were included in numerous group exhibitions, together with artists such as Cindy Sherman, Joel-Peter Witkin, and Francesco Clemente. The German art press Die Gestalten Verlag has published two monographs of her photography, Redemption (1999) and Immune (2005). Sigismondi also willingly creates her own set props for various music video productions such as, Perfume Genius's "Die 4 U". "If I don't create them myself, I design or draw them, I can get quite tactile detailed as far as what I see."[2] She has an affinity for strange yet alluring things and created a flesh-esque chair to appeal to the sexual tension and desire to the spectator.[2]

In October 2004 she gave birth to a daughter, Tosca Vera Sigismondi-Berlin. Sigismondi resides in Toronto, Rome, and Los Angeles. Her daughter is named after the Italian opera Tosca. Floria herself was named after the main character.

Sigismondi appears in the Canadian documentary films Flicker and Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment. She is a two time MVPA winner of director of the year in 2006 and 2013. She directed Justin Timberlake’s video for the song "Mirrors", which won video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013.

Floria Sigismond, Cherie Currie, Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart

Film director[edit]

Sigismondi's first feature-length film was The Runaways, a period piece about the 1970s all-girl rock and roll band The Runaways. The film is largely about the relationship between Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. Sigismondi wrote the screenplay based on Currie's book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. The film premiered in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival and was released in Canada and the United States in March 2010.

In 2020, Sigismondi directed the horror film The Turning, which was inspired by the 1898 Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw, and stars Mackenzie Davis and Finn Wolfhard.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Music videos (selection)[edit]

Director

Title Year Artist Notes
"This is My Life" 1992 Rita Chiarelli [4]
"A Certain Slant of Light" 1993 The Tea Party [5]
"Save Me" 1993 The Tea Party [6]
"The River" 1993 The Tea Party [7]
"The Birdman" 1994 Our Lady Peace version 1[8]
"Blue" 1995 Harem Scarem [9]
"Four Leaf Clover" 1996 Catherine [10]
"The Beautiful People" 1996 Marilyn Manson [11][12]
"Anna Is a Speed Freak" 1996 Pure [13]
"Tourniquet" 1996 Marilyn Manson [14]
"Little Wonder" 1996 David Bowie [15][16]
"Black Eye" 1997 Fluffy [17]
"Dead Man Walking" 1997 David Bowie [18]
"Makes Me Wanna Die" 1997 Tricky [19]
"(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" 1997 Filter & The Crystal Method [20]
"Anything but Down" 1998 Sheryl Crow [11]
"Sweet Surrender" 1998 Sarah McLachlan [21]
"Most High" 1998 Robert Plant & Jimmy Page [22]
"Chinese Burn" 1998 Curve [23]
"Can't Get Loose" 1998 Barry Adamson [24]
"Get Up" 1999 Amel Larrieux [25]
"I've Seen It All" 2000 Björk interactive "webeo" version[26]
"4 Ton Mantis" 2000 Amon Tobin [27]
"In My Secret Life" 2001 Leonard Cohen [28][16]
"Black Amour" 2002 Barry Adamson [29]
"She Said" 2002 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion version 2[30]
"John, 2/14" 2002 Shivaree [30]
"Untitled #1 (Vaka)" 2003 Sigur Rós MTV Europe Music Award 2003 Best Video[31][32]
"Obstacle 1" 2003 Interpol [11]
"Anything" 2003 Martina Topley-Bird [33]
"Bombs Below" 2003 Living Things version 1[34]
"Fighter" 2003 Christina Aguilera JUNO Award 2004 Video of the Year[11][16][35]
"Megalomaniac" 2004 Incubus [11]
"The End of The World" 2004 The Cure [36][16]
"I Owe..." 2004 Living Things [16]
"Talk Shows on Mute" 2004 Incubus [37]
"Bombs Below" 2004 Living Things version 2[38][11]
"Blue Orchid" 2005 The White Stripes [11]
"Bom Bom Bom" 2005 Living Things [39][16]
"O' Sailor" 2005 Fiona Apple [11]
"Supermassive Black Hole" 2006 Muse [40][11]
"Red Flag" 2006 Billy Talent [41]
"Hurt" 2006 Christina Aguilera [31][42][16]
"Broken Boy Soldier" 2006 The Raconteurs [31]
"Let It Rain" 2009 Living Things [43]
"Die by the Drop" 2010 The Dead Weather [44]
"Cherry Bomb" 2010 Dakota Fanning & Kristen Stewart [16][11]
"E.T." 2011 Katy Perry [45][16]
"The One That Got Away" 2011 Katy Perry [46][16]
"Har Megiddo" 2011 Living Things [47]
"Fake It Baby, Fake It (La Dame Nature)" 2012 Living Things [48]
"Anything Could Happen" 2012 Ellie Goulding [16][49]
"Try" 2012 P!nk [50][51][16]
"Leaning Towards Solace" 2012 Sigur Rós [52][53]
"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" 2013 David Bowie [54][55]
"Mirrors" 2013 Justin Timberlake MTV Video Music Award 2013 Video of the Year[56][57]
"The Next Day" 2013 David Bowie [58][59]
"Montauk Fling" 2013 Lawrence Rothman [60]
"#1 All Time Low" 2013 Lawrence Rothman [61]
"Fatal Attraction" 2013 Lawrence Rothman [62]
"California Paranoia" 2015 Lawrence Rothman ft. Angel Olsen [63]
"Oz vs. Eden" 2015 Lawrence Rothman [64]
"Users" 2015 Lawrence Rothman [65]
"H" 2016 Lawrence Rothman [66]
"Sledgehammer" 2016 Rihanna [67][68]
"Die 4 You" 2017 Perfume Genius [69]
"Without Love" 2017 Alice Glass [70]
"Ain't Afraid Of Dying" 2017 Lawrence Rothman ft. Marissa Nadler [71]
"Designer Babies" 2017 Lawrence Rothman ft. Kim Gordon [72]
"Jordan" 2017 Lawrence Rothman ft. Kristin Kontrol [73]
"Swan Song" 2019 Dua Lipa From Alita: Battle Angel
"Lifetime" 2019 Yves Tumor
"Into Happiness" 2019 Phantogram

Cinematographer

Awards (selection)[edit]

  • 2013 MTV Music Video Award, USA - Winner for Video of The Year, for Mirrors (Justin Timberlake)
  • 2004 Juno Awards, Canada - Best Music Video, for "Fighter" (Christina Aguilera)
  • 2003 MTV European Awards - Best International Video Award, for Untitled (Sigur Rós)
  • 2003 New York Underground Film Festival - Audio/Visual Award, for Untitled (Sigur Rós)
  • 2003 Advertising and Design Awards, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Special Merit Award for Music Video, for "Fighter" (Christina Aguilera)
  • 1999 German Kodak Photobook Award, for her book Redemption
  • 1998 British Music Video Awards, UK - Nomination for Best Video: "Little Wonder" (David Bowie)
  • 1997 MTV Music Video Awards, USA - Nomination for Best Rock Video: "Beautiful People" (Marilyn Manson)

References[edit]

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  50. ^ "Pink's 'Try' Video: Daring Choreography and Sexy Paint". Billboard. 10 October 2012.
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