Paolo Sorrentino was born in 1970 in Naples. He is a writer and director who has developed a distinctive filmmaking style characterized by non-naturalistic narratives, kinetic visuals and a signature satirical streak present throughout his seven feature films.
Sorrentino brought a breath of fresh air to Italy’s static cinema scene with his first feature, One Man Up, which bowed in Venice in 2001. His six subsequent films have all launched from the Cannes competition section, a rare feat. Of these, Il Divo, a pop portrayal of Italy’s seven-time former prime minister Giulio Andreotti, impressed festival juror Sean Penn and led to their collaboration in This Must Be the Place, Sorrentino’s first English-language film.
His 2013 film The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2014 Academy Awards. 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.
Other works include The Consequences of Love, 2004, The Family Friend, 2006, Youth, 2015, and the TV series, The Young Pope, 2016.
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