Niccolò Ammaniti (Italian pronunciation: [nikkoˈlo ammaˈniti]; born 25 September 1966) is an Italian writer, winner of the Premio Strega on 2007 for As God Commands (also published under the title The Crossroads). He became noted in 2001 with the publication of I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura), a novel which was later made into a movie directed by Gabriele Salvatores.
Niccolò Ammaniti Cipotudino was born in Rome and studied Biologic Sciences without ever getting a degree. His first novel, named Branchie, was published by Ediesse in 1994, before its credits were bought by Einaudi in 1997. Allegedly, it was stemming from an adaption of his never completed dissertation. In 1999, Branchie was translated into a movie with the same title. In 1995 Ammaniti published, together with his father Massimo, the essay Nel nome del figlio. In 1996 he appeared with his sister in the low-budget movie Growing Artichokes in Mimongo.
As a young Italian novelist, he wrote a short novel together with Luisa Brancaccio for the anthology Gioventù Cannibale by Daniele Brolli (1996). In 1996 he also published the collection of short stories Fango. In 1999 was published the novel Steal You Away (Ti prendo e ti porto via), and in 2001 he wrote the novel I'm Not Scared (Io non ho paura), winning the 2001 Viareggio Prize. This novel was also adapted into a film version directed by Gabriele Salvatores in 2003, and Ammaniti won the Best Motion Picture Screenplay award at the 2005 Edgar Awards as a screenplay writer.
In 2009, he published Let the Games Begin (Che la festa cominci). In 2010, he wrote Me and You (Io e te), which was later adapted into a movie. For his role as a writer in the movie, Ammaniti was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2013 David di Donatello awards and Best Screenplay at the 2013 Italian Golden Globe.
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