Directors: today's Italian directors

by felix87 | created - 23 Feb 2013 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

(Registi italiani contemporanei)

1. Emanuele Crialese

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)...

2. Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer | La migliore offerta

Giuseppe Tornatore was born on May 27, 1956 in Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for The Best Offer (2013), La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (1998) and Cinema Paradiso (1988).

3. Giorgio Diritti

Director | Il vento fa il suo giro

Giorgio Diritti was born on December 21, 1959 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Il vento fa il suo giro (2005), L'uomo che verrà (2009) and Un giorno devi andare (2013).

4. Gabriele Salvatores

Director | Nirvana

Gabriele Salvatores was born on July 30, 1950 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Nirvana (1997), I'm Not Scared (2003) and Il ragazzo invisibile (2014).

5. Alice Rohrwacher

Writer | Le meraviglie

Alice Rohrwacher was born in 1982 in Fiesole, Tuscany, Italy. She is a writer and director, known for Le meraviglie (2014), Corpo celeste (2011) and Lazzaro felice (2018).

6. Bernardo Bertolucci

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 ...

7. Gianfranco Rosi

Director | Fuocoammare

Gianfranco Rosi was born in 1964 in Asmara, Eritrea. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Fuocoammare (2016), Sacro GRA (2013) and Below Sea Level (2008).

8. Matteo Garrone

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 (...

9. Paolo Sorrentino

Writer | Youth

Paolo Sorrentino was born on May 31, 1970 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Youth (2015), The Great Beauty (2013) and This Must Be the Place (2011). He is married to Daniela D'Antonio. They have two children.

10. Daniele Luchetti

Writer | Mio fratello è figlio unico

Daniele Luchetti was born on July 26, 1960 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Mio fratello è figlio unico (2007), Il portaborse (1991) and La nostra vita (2010).

11. Roberto Andò

Director | Viva la libertà

Roberto Andò was born on January 11, 1959 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Viva la libertà (2013), Le confessioni (2016) and Il manoscritto del principe (2000).

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 ...

15. Michelangelo Frammartino

Director | Le quattro volte

Michelangelo Frammartino was born in 1968 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Le Quattro Volte (2010), Il dono (2003) and L'occhio e lo spirito (1997).

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 ...

17. Davide Ferrario

Director | Dopo mezzanotte

Davide Ferrario was born on June 26, 1956 in Casalmaggiore, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Dopo mezzanotte (2004), We All Fall Down (1997) and Tutta colpa di Giuda (2009).

18. Daniele Vicari

Director | Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood

Daniele Vicari was born on February 26, 1967 in Castel di Tora, Rieti, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012), Velocità massima (2002) and La nave dolce (2012).

19. Giuseppe Piccioni

Writer | Fuori dal mondo

Giuseppe Piccioni was born on July 2, 1953 in Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Not of This World (1999), Light of My Eyes (2001) and Cuori al verde (1996).

20. Silvio Soldini

Writer | Pane e tulipani

Silvio Soldini was born in 1958 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Pane e tulipani (2000), Come Undone (2010) and Days and Clouds (2007).

21. Carlo Mazzacurati

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.

23. Daniele Gaglianone

Director | La mia classe

Daniele Gaglianone was born in 1966 in Ancona, Marche, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for La mia classe (2013), Nemmeno il destino (2004) and I nostri anni (2000).

24. Alessandro Piva

Director | La capa gira

Alessandro Piva was born in 1966 in Salerno, Italy. He is a director and editor, known for La capa gira (2000), Henry (2010) and Mio cognato (2003).

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...

26. Gianni Zanasi

Writer | Non pensarci

Gianni Zanasi was born on August 6, 1965 in Vignola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Non pensarci (2007), Nella mischia (1995) and La vita è breve ma la giornata è lunghissima (2004).

28. Pappi Corsicato

Director | Libera

Pappi Corsicato was born on June 12, 1960 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Libera (1993), I buchi neri (1995) and Chimera (2001).

30. Antonio Manetti

Director | Song 'e Napule

Antonio Manetti was born on September 16, 1970 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Song 'e Napule (2013), Ammore e malavita (2017) and L'arrivo di Wang (2011).

31. Marco Manetti

Director | Song 'e Napule

Marco Manetti was born on January 15, 1968 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Song 'e Napule (2013), Ammore e malavita (2017) and L'arrivo di Wang (2011).

32. Edoardo Gabbriellini

Director | Padroni di casa

Edoardo Gabbriellini was born on July 16, 1975 in Livorno, Italy. He is an actor and director, known for Padroni di casa (2012), Io sono l'amore (2009) and Hardboiled Egg (1997).

33. Libero De Rienzo

Actor | Sangue: La morte non esiste

Libero De Rienzo was born in 1978 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is an actor and director, known for Sangue: La morte non esiste (2005), Santa Maradona (2001) and Fortapàsc (2009).

34. Sergio Rubini

Actor | The Passion of the Christ

Sergio Rubini was born on December 21, 1959 in Grumo Appula, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Station (1990) and La terra (2006). He was previously married to Margherita Buy.

35. Ferzan Ozpetek

Writer | Le fate ignoranti

Ferzan Ozpetek was born on February 3, 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a writer and assistant director, known for Le fate ignoranti (2001), Mine vaganti (2010) and Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997).

36. Edoardo Winspeare

Director | Pizzicata

Edoardo Winspeare was born on September 14, 1965 in Klagenfurt, Austria. He is a director and writer, known for Pizzicata (1996), Sangue vivo (2000) and In grazia di Dio (2014).

37. Pietro Marcello

Director | Bella e perduta

Pietro Marcello was born on July 2, 1976 in Caserta, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Bella e perduta (2015), La bocca del lupo (2009) and Il passaggio della linea (2007).

38. Marco Tullio Giordana

Director | Romanzo di una strage

Marco Tullio Giordana was born on October 1, 1950 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Romanzo di una strage (2012), I cento passi (2000) and The Best of Youth (2003).

39. Cristina Comencini

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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40. Francesca Comencini

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 ...

41. Francesca Archibugi

Writer | Mignon è partita

Francesca Archibugi was born on May 16, 1960 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She is a writer and director, known for Mignon è partita (1988), Questione di cuore (2009) and Il grande cocomero (1993). She is married to Battista Lena. They have three children.

42. Rolando Ravello

Writer | Perfetti sconosciuti

Rolando Ravello is an actor and writer, known for Perfetti sconosciuti (2016), Tutti contro tutti (2013) and Perfectos desconocidos (2017).

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).

46. Mario Martone

Director | Il giovane favoloso

Mario Martone was born on November 20, 1959 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Il giovane favoloso (2014), L'amore molesto (1995) and Morte di un matematico napoletano (1992).

47. Gianni Amelio

Director | Le chiavi di casa

Gianni Amelio was born on January 20, 1945 in Magisano, Calabria, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Keys to the House (2004), Il ladro di bambini (1992) and Lamerica (1994).

48. Pupi Avati

Writer | Gli amici del bar Margherita

Pupi Avati was born on November 3, 1938 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Gli amici del bar Margherita (2009), Il papà di Giovanna (2008) and The Story of Boys & Girls (1989).

49. Giuliano Montaldo

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, ...

51. Silvano Agosti

Editor | Uova di garofano

Silvano Agosti was born on March 23, 1938 in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. He is an editor and director, known for Uova di garofano (1991), Quartiere (1987) and Fit to Be Untied (1975).

52. Roberto Faenza

Writer | Jona che visse nella balena

Roberto Faenza was born on February 21, 1943 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Look to the Sky (1993), Alla luce del sole (2005) and Prendimi l'anima (2002).

54. Costanza Quatriglio

Director | L'isola

Costanza Quatriglio was born in 1973 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for L'isola (2003), Con il fiato sospeso (2013) and Écosaimale? (2000).

55. Antonietta de Lillo

Director | Una casa in bilico

Antonietta de Lillo was born on March 6, 1960 in Naples, Campania, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for Una casa in bilico (1987), Il resto di niente (2004) and Non è giusto (2001).

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.

59. Francesco Munzi

Director | Anime nere

Francesco Munzi was born in 1969 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Anime nere (2014), Saimir (2004) and Il resto della notte (2008).

60. Fabrizio Bentivoglio

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.

61. Sergio Castellitto

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 ...

62. Alina Marazzi

Director | Tutto parla di te

Alina Marazzi was born on November 5, 1964 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for Tutto parla di te (2012), Vogliamo anche le rose (2007) and Can't Remember Friday (1987).

63. Anna Negri

Director | Riprendimi

Anna Negri is a director and writer, known for Good Morning Heartache (2008), In principio erano le mutande (1999) and C'era una volta a Essaouira (2007).

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 ...

66. Stefano Mordini

Director | Pericle il nero

Stefano Mordini is a director and writer, known for Pericle (2016), Provincia meccanica (2005) and Acciaio (2012). He is married to Valentina Cervi. They have two children.

67. Sydney Sibilia

Writer | Smetto quando voglio

Sydney Sibilia was born on November 19, 1981 in Salerno, Campania, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Smetto quando voglio (2014), Smetto quando voglio: Masterclass (2017) and Smetto quando voglio: Ad honorem (2017).

71. Uberto Pasolini

Producer | The Full Monty

Uberto Pasolini is a producer and director, known for The Full Monty (1997), Machan (2008) and Still Life (2013). He has been married to Rachel Portman since 1995.

72. Luca Guadagnino

Director | Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino was born in 1971 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and producer, known for Call Me by Your Name (2017), Io sono l'amore (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015).

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...

75. Costanza Quatriglio

Director | L'isola

Costanza Quatriglio was born in 1973 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for L'isola (2003), Con il fiato sospeso (2013) and Écosaimale? (2000).

78. Ivano De Matteo

Director | Gli equilibristi

Ivano De Matteo was born on January 22, 1966 in Rome, Italy. He is an actor and director, known for Gli equilibristi (2012), I nostri ragazzi (2014) and Prigionieri di una fede (1999).

79. Antonio Capuano

Director | Pianese Nunzio, 14 anni a maggio

Antonio Capuano was born on April 9, 1940 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Pianese Nunzio, Fourteen in May (1996), L'amore buio (2010) and La guerra di Mario (2005).

80. Marco Risi

Director | Fortapàsc

Marco Risi was born on June 4, 1951 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Fortapàsc (2009), Mery per sempre (1989) and Ragazzi fuori (1990).

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 ...

82. Davide Marengo

Director | Craj - Domani

Davide Marengo was born in 1972 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Craj - Domani (2005), Notturno bus (2007) and Boris (2007).

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 ...

84. Luca Guadagnino

Director | Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino was born in 1971 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and producer, known for Call Me by Your Name (2017), Io sono l'amore (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015).