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 23

Birthday 1956-05-27

Place of Birth Bagheria, Sicilia, Italia

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2016 The Glance of MusicDirector
2016 The CorrespondenceDirector
2013 The Best OfferDirector
2009 BaarìaDirector
2006 The Unknown WomanDirector
2000 MalenaDirector
1998 The Legend of 1900Director
1995 The Star MakerDirector
1994 A Pure FormalityDirector
1991 The King of AdsDirector
1991 Especially on SundayDirector
1990 Everybody's FineDirector
1988 Cinema ParadisoDirector
1986 The ProfessorDirector

Writing

2016 The CorrespondenceWriter
2013 The Best OfferScreenplay
2009 Everybody's FineScreenplay
2009 BaarìaWriter
2009 BaarìaStory
2006 The Unknown WomanScreenplay
1998 The Legend of 1900Screenplay
1995 The Star MakerWriter
1994 A Pure FormalityScreenplay
1994 A Pure FormalityStory
1990 Everybody's FineWriter
1988 Cinema ParadisoScreenplay
1986 The ProfessorWriter

Acting

C'era una volta il prossimamente as Himself
2018 24/25 Il fotogramma in più
2015 Born in the U.S.E. - Nato negli Stati Uniti d'Europa as Se stesso
2014 Giuseppe Tornatore - Ogni film un'opera prima
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 BakuninProducer

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