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Sorrentino at the 2018 Venice Film Festival
|Born||31 May 1970|
|Alma mater||University of Naples Federico II|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
Paolo Sorrentino (Italian: [ˈpaːolo sorrenˈtiːno] ; born 31 May 1970) is an Italian film director, screenwriter and writer. His 2013 film La Grande Bellezza won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In Italy he was honored with five David di Donatello and six Nastro d'Argento.
Sorrentino's direction and screenplays, including Il divo , The Consequences of Love , The Family Friend , This Must Be the Place and the 2016 TV series The Young Pope , have received three Cannes Lions, three Venice Film Festival Awards and four European Film Awards.
He works with authors and producers including Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano, Toni Servillo and Luca Bigazzi. Actors in his films have included Sabrina Ferilli, Fanny Ardant, Isabella Ferrari, Elena Sofia Ricci, Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jude Law, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Nanni Moretti, Carlo Verdone, Antonio Albanese and Frank Langella.
He has also worked with songwriters Antonello Venditti, Paloma Faith and Mark Kozelek and written three books which were published in Italian.
He doesn't hold religious beliefs.
Sorrentino was born in Naples, in the district of Arenella in 1970 and became an orphan when he lost both of his parents at the age of 16. His first film as a 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.
Sorrentino's next feature, The Family Friend (L'amico di famiglia), was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in Mayand 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).
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,and premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
His 2013 film The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2014 Academy Awards.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. The film also received several accolades at the 2013 European Film Awards, including "Best Film" and "Best Director" for Sorrentino.
Youth (2015) is Sorrentino's second English-language film, and features Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor.It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2019, it was announced that Sorrentino would be directing Jennifer Lawrence as mob informant Arlyne Brickman in Mob Girl. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Teresa Carpenter.Sorrentino will also be working as a co-producer on the film with Lawrence, as well as co-writing the screenplay.
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||One Man Up||The Consequences of Love||The Family Friend||Il Divo||This Must Be the Place||The Great Beauty||Youth||The Young Pope||Loro||The New Pope||The Hand of God|
|Francesca Cima (Producer)|
|Nicola Giuliano (Producer)|
|Toni Servillo (Actor)|
|Umberto Contarello (Co-writer)|
|Luca Bigazzi (Cinematographer)|
|Lele Marchitelli (Composer)|
|Giogiò Franchini (Editor)|
|Cristiano Travaglioli (Editor)|
|Emanuele Cecere (Sound)|
|Daghi Rondanini (Sound)|
|Lino Fiorito (Production designer)|
|Carlo Poggioli (Costume designer)|
|Anna Maria Sambucco (Casting director)|
|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|
|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|
|TBA||The Hand of God||Yes||Yes||Filming|
|1994||Un paradiso||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|1998||L'amore non ha confini||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||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|2009||L'Aquila 2009. Cinque registi tra le macerie||Yes||Documentary|
Segment: L'assegnazione delle tende
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|
|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|
|2019||The New Pope||Yes||Yes||9 episodes; Also creator|
|List of Accolades|
|Award / Film Festival||Year||Work||Nomination||Result|
|Academy Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Language Film||Won|
|Amanda Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Film - International||Won|
|ASECAN Awards||2017||Youth||Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|Association of Polish Filmmakers Critics Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Film||Won|
|British Academy Film Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Film not in the English Language||Won|
|Bellaria Film Festival||2002||One Man Up||Best Film||Won|
|Best Technical Contribution||Won|
|Bangkok International Film Festival||2006||The Consequences of Love||Best Film||Nominated|
|Bodil Awards||2010||Il Divo||Best Non-American Film||Nominated|
|2014||The Great Beauty||Nominated|
|Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||2013||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Language Film||Won|
|British Independent Film Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Independent Film||Nominated|
|Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema||2002||One Man Up||Best Film||Nominated|
|Youth Jury Award||Won|
|Cannes Film Festival||2004||The Consequences of Love||Palme d'Or||Nominated|
|2006||The Family Friend||Nominated|
|2011||This Must Be the Place||Palme d'Or||Nominated|
|Prize of the Ecumenical Jury||Won|
|2013||The Great Beauty||Palme d'Or||Nominated|
|César Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Chicago International Film Festival||2006||The Family Friend||Best Feature||Nominated|
|Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||2013||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign-Language Film||Nominated|
|Cinema Brazil Grand Prize||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign-Language Film||Nominated|
|Cinemanila International Film Festival||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign-Language Film||Won|
|Critics' Choice Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Cinemanila International Film Festival||2013||The Great Beauty||Lino Brocka Award for Best Film||Won|
|David di Donatello||2002||One Man Up||Best New Director||Nominated|
|2005||The Consequences of Love||Best Director||Won|
|2009||Il Divo||Best Director||Nominated|
|2012||This Must Be the Place||Best Director||Nominated|
|2014||The Great Beauty||David of the Youth||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society||2015||Youth||Best Director||Nominated|
|Dresden Film Festival||2010||La Partita Lenta||Best Short Fiction Film - International||Nominated|
|European Film Awards||2005||The Consequences of Love||Best Director||Nominated|
|2013||The Great Beauty||Best Film||Won|
|FICE Awards||2005||The Consequences of Love||Best Italian Film||Won|
|2012||This Must Be the Place||Won|
|Best Foreign Language Film||Won|
|Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||2013||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Foreign Language Film||Won|
|Goya Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best European Film||Nominated|
|Gotham Awards||2019||L'amica geniale||Breakthrough Series - Longform||Nominated|
|Hollywood Film Awards||2013||The Great Beauty||Best International Film||Won|
|Best Independent Film||Won|
|Best New Screenplay||Won|
|Independent Spirit Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|International Cinephile Society Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Film||Nominated|
|Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|Karlovy Vary International Film Festival||2015||Youth||Audience Award||Won|
|Kineo Awards||2017||This Must Be the Place||Best Film||Nominated|
|L'Association des Critiques de Séries||2017||The Young Pope||Best Direction||Nominated|
|London Critics Circle Film Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Director of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association||2013||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|Munich International Film Festival||2013||The Great Beauty||Best International Film||Nominated|
|Nastro d'Argento||2002||One Man Up||Best New Director||Won|
|2005||The Consequences of Love||Best Director||Nominated|
|Best Original Story||Nominated|
|2007||The Family Friend||Nominated|
|2009||Il Divo||Best Director||Won|
|2012||This Must Be the Place||Best Director||Won|
|2013||The Great Beauty||Best Director||Nominated|
|Ostend Film Festival||2015||Youth||Look Prize||Nominated|
|Polish Film Awards||2015||The Great Beauty||Best European Film||Nominated|
|Prêmio Guarani||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Film||Won|
|Raindance Film Festival||2009||La Partita Lenta||Film of the Festival||Won|
|Robert Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Non-American Film||Nominated|
|Salerno Shadowline Film Festival||2014||One Man Up||Best Film||Won|
|Sant Jordi Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Film||Won|
|Satellite Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|Seattle Film Critics Society||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign-Language Film||Nominated|
|Seville European Film Festival||2008||Il Divo||Eurimages Award||Won|
|2013||The Great Beauty||Best Co-Production||Won|
|Asecan Award (Special Mention)||Won|
|Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival||2006||The Family Friend||Grand Prize||Nominated|
|2013||The Great Beauty||Won|
|Torino Film Festival||1998||L'amore non ha confini||Best Italian Fiction Film||Nominated|
|2001||Himself||Giuseppe De Santis Award||Won|
|Tribeca Film Festival||2002||One Man Up||Best Narrative Feature||Nominated|
|Turia Awards||2014||The Great Beauty||Best Foreign Film||Won|
|Venice Film Festival||2008||Il Divo||SIAE Award||Won|
|2016||The Young Pope||Won|
|Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award||Won|
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