Biography

Giuseppe Tornatore (born 27 May 1956) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. Born in Bagheria near Palermo, Tornatore developed an interest in acting and the theatre from at least the age of 16 and put on works by Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo De Filippo. He worked initially as a freelance photographer. Then, switching to cinema, he made his debut with Le minoranze etniche in Sicilia (The Ethnic Minorities in Sicily), a collaborative documentary film which won a Salerno Festival prize. He then worked for RAI before releasing his first full-length film, Il Camorrista, in 1985. This evoked a positive response from audience and critics alike and Tornatore was awarded the Silver Ribbon for best new director. Tornatore's best known screen work was released in 1988: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, a film narrating the life of a successful film director who has returned to his native town in Sicily for the funeral of his mentor. This obtained worldwide success and won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Subsequently Tornatore released several other films. In 2007 he won the Silver George for Best Director at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival for The Unknown Woman.

Giuseppe Tornatore (born 27 May 1956) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. Born in Bagheria near Palermo, Tornatore developed an interest in acting and the theatre from at least the age of 16 and put on works by Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo De Filippo. He worked initially as a freelance photographer. Then, switching to cinema, he made his debut with Le minoranze etniche in Sicilia (The Ethnic Minorities in Sicily), a collaborative documentary film which won a Salerno Festival prize. He then worked for RAI before releasing his first full-length film, Il Camorrista, in 1985. This evoked a positive response from audience and critics alike and Tornatore was awarded the Silver Ribbon for best new director. Tornatore's best known screen work was released in 1988: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, a film narrating the life of a successful film director who has returned to his native town in Sicily for the funeral of his mentor. This obtained worldwide success and won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Subsequently Tornatore released several other films. In 2007 he won the Silver George for Best Director at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival for The Unknown Woman.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 28

Birthday 1956-05-27

Place of Birth Bagheria, Sicilia, Italia

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Also Known As

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2016 Ennio: The Maestro Director
2016 The Correspondence Director
2013 The Best Offer Director
2011 Il Mago di Esselunga Director
2010 L'ultimo gattopardo - Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo Director
2009 Baarìa Director
2006 The Unknown Woman Director
2000 Malena Director
1998 The Legend of 1900 Director
1995 The Star Maker Director
1995 Lo schermo a tre punte Director
1994 A Pure Formality Director
1991 The King of Ads Director
1991 Especially on Sunday Director
1990 Everybody's Fine Director
1988 Cinema Paradiso Director
1986 The Professor Director

Writing

2016 Ennio: The Maestro Writer
2016 The Correspondence Writer
2013 The Best Offer Screenplay
2011 Il Mago di Esselunga Writer
2009 Everybody's Fine Screenplay
2009 Baarìa Writer Story
2006 The Unknown Woman Screenplay
1998 The Legend of 1900 Screenplay
1995 The Star Maker Writer
1995 Lo schermo a tre punte Screenplay
1994 A Pure Formality Screenplay Story
1990 Everybody's Fine Writer
1988 Cinema Paradiso Screenplay
1986 The Professor Writer

Acting

2019 Citizen Rosi as Himself
2018 24/25 Il fotogramma in più
2016 Cinque mondi as Himself
2015 Born in the U.S.E. - Nato negli Stati Uniti d'Europa as Se stesso
2014 Giuseppe Tornatore - Ogni film un'opera prima
2014 C'era una volta il prossimamente as Himself
2010 L'ultimo gattopardo - Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo as Himself
2004 The Filmmaker and the Labyrinth as Himself
2000 A Dream of Sicily as Himself
1997 Pietro Germi: The Man with the Cigar in His Mouth as Interviewee
1988 Cinema Paradiso as proiezionista

Production

1997 Il figlio di Bakunin Producer

Editing

1994 A Pure Formality Editor

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