Paolo Sorrentino

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Paolo Sorrentino
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Sorrentino at the 2018 Venice Film Festival
Born (1970-05-31) 31 May 1970 (age 50)
Naples, Italy
Alma mater University of Naples Federico II
Occupation
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1994–present
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

Paolo Sorrentino (Italian:  [ˈpaːolo sorrenˈtiːno] ; born 31 May 1970) [1] 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. [2] In Italy he was honored with five David di Donatello and six Nastro d'Argento.

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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. [3]

Life and career

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. [4]

Sorrentino's next feature, The Family Friend (L'amico di famiglia), was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May [5] 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). [6]

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, [7] and premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. [8]

His 2013 film The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2014 Academy Awards. [9] 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. [10] The film also received several accolades at the 2013 European Film Awards, including "Best Film" and "Best Director" for Sorrentino. [11]

Youth (2015) is Sorrentino's second English-language film, and features Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor. [12] It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. [13]

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. [14] Sorrentino will also be working as a co-producer on the film with Lawrence, as well as co-writing the screenplay. [14] [15]

Collaborators

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)
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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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Lele Marchitelli (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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Carlo Poggioli (Costume designer)
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Anna Maria Sambucco (Casting director)
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Filmography

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Sorrentino in 2008

Feature films

YearTitle Director Writer RoleNotes
1998 The Dust of Naples Yes
2001 One Man Up YesYes
2004 The Consequences of Love YesYes
2006 The Family Friend YesYes
2006 The Caiman Aida's Husband
2008 Il Divo YesYes
2009 A Question of the Heart Alberto's Friend
2011 This Must Be The Place YesYes
2013 The Great Beauty YesYes
2014 Rio, I Love You YesYesSegment: La Fortuna
2015 Youth YesYes
2018 Loro YesYes
TBA The Hand of God YesYesFilming

Short films and documentaries

YearTitle Director Writer Notes
1994 Un paradiso  [ it ]YesYesShort film
1998 L'amore non ha confini  [ it ]YesYesShort film
2001La notte lungaYesYesShort film
2002La primavera del 2002. L'Italia protesta, l'Italia si fermaYesDocumentary
2004Giovani talenti italianiYesDocumentary
Segment: Quando le cose vanno male
2009 La partita lenta  [ it ]YesYesShort film
2009L'Aquila 2009. Cinque registi tra le macerieYesDocumentary
Segment: L'assegnazione delle tende
2010 Napoli 24  [ it ]YesYesDocumentary
Segment: La principessa di Napoli
2011In the MirrorYesYesCommercial for Yamamay
2014SabbiaYesCommercial for Armani
2014The DreamYesYesCommercial for Bulgari
2017 Killer in Red YesYesCommercial for Campari

Television

YearTitle Director Writer RoleNotes
2000 La squadra Yes2 episodes
2004Sabato, domenica e lunedìYesTelevision film
2010 Boris HimselfEpisode: "Nella rete"
2014Le voci di dentroYesTelevision film
2016 The Young Pope YesYes10 episodes; Also creator
2019 The New Pope YesYes9 episodes; Also creator

Works

Novels

Short stories

Awards and Nominations

List of Accolades
Award / Film FestivalYearWorkNominationResult
Academy Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language Film Won
Amanda Awards 2014 [16] The Great Beauty Best Film - InternationalWon
ASECAN Awards2017 [17] Youth Best Foreign FilmNominated
Association of Polish Filmmakers Critics Awards2014 [18] The Great Beauty Best Foreign FilmWon
2015 [19] Youth Won
British Academy Film Awards 2014 [20] The Great Beauty Best Film not in the English Language Won
Bellaria Film Festival2002 [21] One Man Up Best FilmWon
Best Technical ContributionWon
Bangkok International Film Festival 2006 [22] The Consequences of Love Best FilmNominated
Bodil Awards 2010 Il Divo Best Non-American FilmNominated
2014 The Great Beauty Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2013 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language FilmWon
British Independent Film Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Independent FilmNominated
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2002 One Man Up Best FilmNominated
Youth Jury AwardWon
Cannes Film Festival 2004 The Consequences of Love Palme d'OrNominated
2006 The Family Friend Nominated
2008 Il Divo Nominated
Jury Prize Won
2011 This Must Be the Place Palme d'OrNominated
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Won
2013 The Great Beauty Palme d'OrNominated
2015 Youth Nominated
César Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
2016 Youth Nominated
Chicago International Film Festival 2006 The Family Friend Best FeatureNominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2013 The Great Beauty Best Foreign-Language FilmNominated
Cinema Brazil Grand Prize 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign-Language FilmNominated
Cinemanila International Film Festival 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign-Language FilmWon
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 FilmWon
David di Donatello 2002 One Man Up Best New DirectorNominated
Best ScreenplayNominated
2005 The Consequences of Love Best DirectorWon
Best ScreenplayWon
Best FilmWon
2009 Il Divo Best DirectorNominated
Best ScreenplayNominated
Best FilmNominated
2012 This Must Be the Place Best DirectorNominated
Best ScreenplayWon
Best FilmNominated
2014 The Great Beauty David of the YouthNominated
Best DirectorWon
Best ScreenplayNominated
Best FilmNominated
2016 Youth Best DirectorNominated
Best ScreenplayNominated
Best FilmNominated
Detroit Film Critics Society 2015 Youth Best DirectorNominated
Best FilmNominated
Dresden Film Festival2010La Partita LentaBest Short Fiction Film - InternationalNominated
European Film Awards 2005 The Consequences of Love Best DirectorNominated
2008 Il Divo Nominated
Best ScreenwriterNominated
2013 The Great Beauty Best FilmWon
Best DirectorWon
Best ScreenwriterNominated
2015 Youth Best FilmWon
Best DirectorWon
Best ScreenwriterNominated
FICE Awards2005 The Consequences of Love Best Italian FilmWon
2012 This Must Be the Place Won
Best Foreign Language FilmWon
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2013 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Gold Derby Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Golden Globe Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Foreign Language Film Won
Goya Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best European FilmNominated
Gotham Awards 2019L'amica geniale Breakthrough Series - LongformNominated
Hollywood Film Awards 2013 The Great Beauty Best International FilmWon
Best Independent FilmWon
Best New ScreenplayWon
Independent Spirit Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign FilmNominated
International Cinephile Society Awards2014 The Great Beauty Best FilmNominated
Best Foreign FilmNominated
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015 Youth Audience AwardWon
Kineo Awards2017 This Must Be the Place Best FilmNominated
L'Association des Critiques de Séries2017 The Young Pope Best DirectionNominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Director of the YearNominated
Best Foreign Language FilmNominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association 2013 The Great Beauty Best Foreign FilmNominated
Munich International Film Festival 2013 The Great Beauty Best International FilmNominated
Nastro d'Argento 2002 One Man Up Best New DirectorWon
Best ScreenplayNominated
2005 The Consequences of Love Best DirectorNominated
Best Original StoryNominated
2007 The Family Friend Nominated
2009 Il Divo Best DirectorWon
Best ScreenplayWon
2012 This Must Be the Place Best DirectorWon
Best ScreenplayNominated
2013 The Great Beauty Best DirectorNominated
Best ScreenplayNominated
2015 Youth Best DirectorWon
Best ScriptNominated
2018 Loro Best FilmNominated
Best ScreenplayWon
Ostend Film Festival 2015 Youth Look PrizeNominated
Polish Film Awards2015 The Great Beauty Best European FilmNominated
2016 Youth Won
Prêmio Guarani2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign FilmWon
Raindance Film Festival2009La Partita LentaFilm of the FestivalWon
Robert Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Non-American FilmNominated
2017 Youth Nominated
Salerno Shadowline Film Festival2014 One Man Up Best FilmWon
Sant Jordi Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign FilmWon
Satellite Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign FilmNominated
Seattle Film Critics Society 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign-Language FilmNominated
Seville European Film Festival2008 Il Divo Eurimages AwardWon
2013 The Great Beauty Best Co-ProductionWon
Asecan Award (Special Mention)Won
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2006 The Family Friend Grand PrizeNominated
2008 Il Divo Nominated
2013 The Great Beauty Won
Torino Film Festival1998L'amore non ha confini Best Italian Fiction FilmNominated
2001HimselfGiuseppe De Santis AwardWon
Tribeca Film Festival2002 One Man Up Best Narrative FeatureNominated
Turia Awards2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign FilmWon
Venice Film Festival 2008 Il Divo SIAE AwardWon
2016 The Young Pope Won
Fondazione Mimmo Rotella AwardWon

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