Directors: today's Italian directors

(Registi italiani contemporanei)
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Emanuele Crialese
Writer, Terraferma
Although born in Rome in 1965, Emanuele Crialese has Sicilian roots, to which he pays tribute in film after film. In 1991 he leaves for the USA where he studies film direction at New York University. After making several shorts, he directs his first feature-length movie Once We Were Strangers, in New York...
 
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Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films are known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy, in 1940. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone and directed The Grim Reaper. His second film...
 
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Paolo Taviani
Paolo Taviani studied liberal arts at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan. After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Vittorio, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work together ever since...
 
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Vittorio Taviani
Vittorio Taviani studied law at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan. After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Paolo, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work together ever since, with each directing alternate scenes with the other watching but never interfering.
 
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Cristina Comencini
Writer, Don't Tell
Cristina Comencini was born in Rome in 1956. Her father was the Italian director Luigi Comencini and with him she began her career as a screenwriter, co-writing Il matrimonio di Caterina (1982), Buon Natale... Buon anno (1989), Quattro storie di donne (1986), Cuore and La Storia. Graduated in Economics...
 
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Francesca Comencini
A philosophy student, she quit University after two years, and moved to France in 1982. Although she was planning to be a writer, she brought to the screen instead an autobiographical story with Pianoforte: the film won the De Sica Award at the Venice Film Festival and was invited to other International Festivals...
 
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Nanni Moretti
Nanni Moretti was born on the 19th of August, 1953. He lives in Rome, where since he was a kid he devotes himself to his two passions: cinema and water-polo. In 1970 he also played in water-polo first division in Italy, and in the junior National team. In those years he was also very committed in politcs...
 
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Giuliano Montaldo
Born in 1930 in Genoa. Still a young student in 1950 when director Carlo Lizzani gave him a role in the film Achtung Banditi!. Following this experience he traveled to Rome where, after acting in film and theatre, he became the Assistant Director of Lizzani, Gillo Pontecorvo, Sergio Leone, Francesco Rosi...
 
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Barbara Cupisti
Actress, Cemetery Man
Barbara Cupisti began her career as leading actress in Italian and French films and television serials. For twenty years, she worked with prominent directors, including Tinto Brass, Dario Argento, Norman Jewison, Paul Planchon, Antonio Pedro Vasconcelos, Jhon Lofve, Gabriele Salvatores, and Carlo Verdone...
 
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Michele Soavi
Director, Cemetery Man
Born in Milan, Italy in 1957, Michele Soavi's parents separated when he was little and he lived with his mother who remarried a painter. Interested in his stepfather's interest in painting, Soavi began an interest in creative arts in his school. During his teenage years, he decided that the cinema was his true calling after attending several movie screenings and developing a taste for acting...
 
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Sergio Castellitto
Sergio Castellitto was born in Rome in 1953. After graduating from the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art in 1978, he began his theatrical career in Italian public theater with "Shakespeare's Measure for Measure" at the Teatro di Roma and with roles in other plays such as "La Madre by Brecht"...
 
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Dario Argento
Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other family members...
 
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David Grieco
David Grieco was born in Rome in 1951. Just sixteen, he was chosen by Franco Zeffirelli for a part in "Romeo and Juliet", by Pier Paolo Pasolini for "Teorema", by Bernardo Bertolucci for "Partner" and many others. At seventeen, he became an assistant director for Pasolini, Bertolucci and others. At nineteen...
 
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Alex Infascelli
Alex Infascelli was born in Rome in 1967. At the age of 21 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career. After playing in several local bands he found a job as production assistant for Propaganda Films, working his way up to 2nd A.D. and collaborating with several directors including Dominic Sena...
 
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Louis Nero
Producer, The Broken Key
Louis Nero was born in Turin, Italy, in 1976. He took a degree in D.a.m.s University of Turin in 1999. Nowadays is attending the second degree in theoretical philosophy. He is the President since 1998 of "L'Altrofilm". Since 2004 he is a permanent member of David of Donatello jury (Italian Academy Awards).