Paolo Sorrentino

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Paolo Sorrentino
Paolo Sorrentino Cannes 2017 2.jpg
Sorrentino at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1970-05-31) 31 May 1970 (age 47)
Naples, Italy
Alma mater University of Naples Federico II
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1994–present

Paolo Sorrentino (Italian: [ˈpaːolo sorrenˈtiːno]; 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[2] 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).[3]

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 United States, the film was co-written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello,[4] and premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[5]

His 2013 film The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2014 Academy Awards.[6] It won the 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.[7] The film also received several accolades at the 2013 European Film Awards, including "Best Film" and "Best Director" for Sorrentino.[8]

Youth (2015) is Sorrentino's second English-language film, and features Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor.[9] It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[10]

Collaborators[edit]

Sorrentino in 2008

Sorrentino likes to work with the same team of filmmakers, often hiring 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
Francesca Cima (Producer)
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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]

Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Role Notes
1998 The Dust of Naples Yes
2001 One Man Up Yes Yes
2004 The Consequences of Love Yes Yes
2006 The Family Friend Yes Yes
2006 The Caiman Aida's Husband
2008 Il Divo Yes Yes
2009 A Question of the Heart Alberto's Friend
2011 This Must Be The Place Yes Yes
2013 The Great Beauty Yes Yes
2014 Rio, I Love You Yes Yes Segment: La Fortuna
2015 Youth Yes Yes
2018 Loro Yes Yes Filming[11]

Short films and documentaries[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Notes
1994 Un paradiso (it) Yes Yes Short film
1998 L'amore non ha confini (it) Yes Yes Short film
2001 La notte lunga Yes Yes Short film
2002 La primavera del 2002. L'Italia protesta, l'Italia si ferma Yes Documentary
2004 Giovani talenti italiani Yes Documentary
Segment: Quando le cose vanno male
2009 La partita lenta (it) Yes Yes Short film
2009 L'Aquila 2009. Cinque registi tra le macerie Yes Documentary
Segment: L'assegnazione delle tende
2010 Napoli 24 (it) Yes Yes Documentary
Segment: La principessa di Napoli
2011 In the Mirror Yes Yes Commercial for Yamamay
2014 Sabbia Yes Commercial for Armani
2014 The Dream Yes Yes Commercial for Bulgari
2017 Killer in Red Yes Yes Commercial for Campari

Television[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Role Notes
2000 La squadra Yes 2 episodes
2004 Sabato, domenica e lunedì Yes Television film
2010 Boris Himself Episode: "Nella rete"
2014 Le voci di dentro Yes Television film
2016 The Young Pope Yes Yes 10 episodes; Also creator

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Consequences of Love". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Family Friend". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  3. ^ Coscia, Biagio."Il ritorno di Sorrentino alla sceneggiatura", corriere.it, January 30, 2009
  4. ^ Fleming, Michael (May 17, 2009). "Sorrentino putting Penn in his 'Place'". Variety. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  6. ^ Tiziano Peccia, "Critica e critiche alla Grande Bellezza", O Olho da História, numero 22 (April 2016)
  7. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Winners 2013". European Film Awards. European Film Academy. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Child, Ben (13 May 2014). "Sorrentino's The Early Years stars Michael Caine as conductor compelled to perform for the Queen". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "First Pics About Sorrentino's Berlusconi Movie Clearly Show What We Are Going To See In Theatres". L'Huffington Post (in Italian). August 23, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 

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