Giuseppe Tornatore

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Giuseppe Tornatore
Born (1956-05-27) 27 May 1956 (age 68)
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
Years active1985–present
AwardsAcademy Award

Giuseppe Tornatore (born 27 May 1956) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He is considered one of the directors who brought critical acclaim back to Italian cinema.[1] In a career spanning over 30 years he is best known for directing and writing drama films such as Everybody's Fine, The Legend of 1900, Malèna, Baarìa and The Best Offer. His most noted film is Cinema Paradiso, for which Tornatore won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He has also directed several advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana.[2]

Tornatore is also known for his long-standing association with composer Ennio Morricone, who composed music for thirteen Tornatore feature films since 1988.[3][4]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Bagheria, near Palermo, Tornatore developed an interest in acting and the theatre from at least the age of 16 and put on works by Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo De Filippo.

He worked initially as a freelance photographer. Then, switching to cinema, he made his debut with Le minoranze etniche in Sicilia (The Ethnic Minorities in Sicily), a collaborative documentary film which won a Salerno Festival prize. He then worked for RAI before releasing his first full-length film, Il Camorrista, in 1985. This evoked a positive response from audiences and critics alike and Tornatore was awarded the Silver Ribbon for best new director.

In 1988, a collaboration with producer Franco Cristaldi gave birth to Tornatore's best known screen work: Cinema Paradiso, a film narrating the life of a successful film director who has returned to his native town in Sicily for the funeral of his mentor. This obtained worldwide success and won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[5] Subsequently, Tornatore released several other films. In 2007 he won the Silver George for Best Director at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival for The Unknown Woman.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Tornatore describes himself as "one who does not believe and who regrets this".[7] His brother, Francesco Tornatore, is a producer.


Tornatore at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

Written and directed[edit]

Screenplay only[edit]


  1. ^ Katz, Ephraim, "Italy," The Film Encyclopedia (New York: HarperResource, 2001), pp. 682-685.
  2. ^ Valentina Zannoni (30 October 2011). "Funeral alla Dolce & Gabbana". Swide Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  3. ^ Moliterno, Gino (8 December 2020). Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-5381-1948-8.
  4. ^ Moscati, Italo (1 December 2020). Ennio Morricone (in Italian). LIT EDIZIONI. p. 16. ISBN 978-88-3290-314-0.
  5. ^ "The 62nd Academy Awards (1990) Nominees and Winners". 5 October 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  6. ^ "29th Moscow International Film Festival (2007)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  7. ^ Interview with Trovacinema

Further reading[edit]

  • Giuseppe Tornatore. Uno sguardo dal set a cura di Ninni Panzera, Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo 2007
  • L'isola di Tornatore a cura di Ninni Panzera, Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo 2010
  • Le Madonie, cinema ad alte quote di Sebastiano Gesù e Elena Russo, con introduzione di Francesco Novara e presentazione di Pasquale Scimeca, Giuseppe Maimone Editore, Catania 1995 (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso and L'Uomo delle Stelle)

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