Directors: today's Italian directorsby felix87 | created - 23 Feb 2013 | updated - 6 months ago | Public
(Registi italiani contemporanei)
Director | Respiro
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 (1997)...
Writer | The Last Emperor
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 (1961) and directed La commare ...
Director | Gomorra
Matteo Garrone was born in Rome in 1968. He is the son of a theatre critic, Nico Garrone, and a photographer. In 1996 he won the Sacher d'Oro, an award sponsored by Nanni Moretti, with the short film Silhouette (1996), that became one of the three episodes of his first feature film Terra di mezzo (...
12. Paolo Virzì
Writer | La prima cosa bella
Paolo Virzì was born on March 4, 1964 in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for La prima cosa bella (2010), Tutta la vita davanti (2008) and Hardboiled Egg (1997). He has been married to Micaela Ramazzotti since January 17, 2009. They have two children. He was previously ...
13. Marco Bellocchio
Writer | Buongiorno, notte
Marco Bellocchio was born on November 9, 1939 in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Good Morning, Night (2003), Fists in the Pocket (1965) and My Mother's Smile (2002). He is married to Gisella Burinato. They have two children.
14. Paolo Taviani
Director | La notte di San Lorenzo
Paolo Taviani studied liberal arts at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan (1946). 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 ...
16. Vittorio Taviani
Director | La notte di San Lorenzo
Vittorio Taviani studied law at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan (1946). 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 ...
Writer | La giusta distanza
Carlo Mazzacurati was born on March 3, 1956 in Padua, Veneto, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for La giusta distanza (2007), Un'altra vita (1992) and Il toro (1994). He was married to Marina Zangirolami. He died on January 22, 2014 in Padua.
25. Michele Placido
Actor | Romanzo criminale
Michele Placido was born on May 19, 1946 in Ascoli Satriano, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Romanzo criminale (2005), Un eroe borghese (1995) and Angel of Evil (2010). He has been married to Federica Vincenti since August 14, 2012. They have one child. He was previously married...
Writer | La bestia nel cuore
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.
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Director | Lo spazio bianco
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 (1984): the film won the De Sica Award at the Venice Film Festival and was invited to other ...
43. Nanni Moretti
Producer | Palombella rossa
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 ...
44. Daniele Ciprì
Cinematographer | È stato il figlio
Daniele Ciprì was born on August 17, 1962 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a cinematographer and director, known for È stato il figlio (2012), Vincere (2009) and Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano - La vera storia di Franco e Ciccio (2004).
45. Franco Maresco
Director | Belluscone. Una storia siciliana
Franco Maresco was born in 1958 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Belluscone. Una storia siciliana (2014), Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano - La vera storia di Franco e Ciccio (2004) and Il ritorno di Cagliostro (2003).
Writer | Sacco e Vanzetti
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, ...
56. Barbara Cupisti
Director | Madri
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 ...
57. Michele Soavi
Director | Deliria
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 ...
58. Riccardo Milani
Director | Il posto dell'anima
Riccardo Milani was born on April 15, 1958 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Il posto dell'anima (2003), Una grande famiglia (2012) and Piano, solo (2007). He has been married to Paola Cortellesi since October 1, 2011. They have one child.
Actor | Un eroe borghese
Fabrizio Bentivoglio was born on January 4, 1957 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Un eroe borghese (1995), Il capitale umano (2013) and Turné (1990). He has been married to Silvia Pippia since May 19, 2012. They have two children.
Actor | Non ti muovere
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 ...
65. Dario Argento
Writer | L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo
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 ...
73. David Grieco
Writer | Evilenko
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...
81. Alex Infascelli
Director | Almost Blue
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 ...
83. 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 ...