Ivan Cotroneo

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Ivan Cotroneo
Born (1968-02-21) 21 February 1968 (age 51)
Naples, Italy
OccupationWriter, director, Scriptwriter
Years active1997–present

Ivan Cotroneo (born 21 February 1968) is an Italian writer, scriptwriter and director, known for I Am Love, Kryptonite! and Loose Cannons.[1][2]


After abandoning his law studies he moved to Rome, where he graduated in scriptwriting from the Experimental Center of Cinematography in 1992. His first experience in the film industry was working the director Pappi Corsicato, for whom Cotroneo wrote the episode 'La stirpe di Iana' of collective film The Vesuvians and the screenplay for the feature film Chimera.[3]

Cotroneo has worked as a writer for several television productions such as drama and TV miniseries on Italian television. In addition to film and television, Cotroneo also works for the theater, adapting the Italian edition of Closer by Patrick Marber and The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis[4] and writing some comedy shows. He wrote the Claudio Gioè monologue "If you are here tonight".

Cotroneo published a collection of essays Il piccolo libro della rabbia (The Little Book of Anger) in 1999. His first novel l re del mondo (The King of the World) was published in 2003.[5]

He co-wrote the screenplay of the film Loose Cannons with Ferzan Ozpetek in 2009. This screenplay won him Italian Golden Globe in 2010 for Best Screenplay. He was also nominated for David di Donatello and Silver Ribbon awards in 2010.[6][7]

Cotroneo directed his first movie Kryptonite! in 2011.[8] Cotroneo second directorial feature is the film One Kiss, based on his own book with the same name, released in Italian cinemas on March 31, 2016.[9]

Partial filmography[edit]

Director and Writer[edit]



  • 1999 - Il piccolo libro della rabbia (The Little Book of Anger ), Bompiani, ISBN 88-452-4263-3
  • 2003 - Il re del mondo (The King of the World ), Bompiani, ISBN 88-452-5390-2
  • 2005 - Cronaca di un disamore (Chronicles of a Lack of Love ), Bompiani, ISBN 88-452-5982-X
  • 2007 - La kryptonite nella borsa (Kryptonite!), Bompiani, ISBN 88-452-5988-9
  • 2010 - Un bacio (One Kiss ), Bompiani, ISBN 978-88-452-6542-6


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