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Paolo Sorrentino

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Paolo Sorrentino
Paolo Sorrentino 2018.jpg
Born (1970-05-31) 31 May 1970 (age 52)
Alma materUniversity of Naples Federico II
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1994–present

Paolo Sorrentino (Italian: [ˈpaːolo sorrenˈtiːno]; born 31 May 1970)[1] is an Italian film director, screenwriter, and writer. His 2013 film The Great Beauty won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and the Bafta Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[2] In Italy he was honoured with eight David di Donatello and six Nastro d'Argento.

Sorrentino's direction and screenplays, including Il divo, The Consequences of Love, The Family Friend, This Must Be the Place and the 2016 TV series The Young Pope, have received three Cannes Lions, four Venice Film Festival Awards and four European Film Awards.

He works with authors and producers including Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano, Toni Servillo and Luca Bigazzi. Actors in his films have included Sabrina Ferilli, Fanny Ardant, Isabella Ferrari, Elena Sofia Ricci, Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jude Law, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Nanni Moretti, Filippo Scotti, Carlo Verdone, Antonio Albanese and Frank Langella.

He has also worked with songwriters Antonello Venditti, Paloma Faith and Mark Kozelek and written three books published in Italian.

Life and career

Sorrentino was born in the Arenella district of Naples in 1970, and was orphaned at age 16 after losing both of his parents. His first film as a screenwriter, The Dust of Naples, was released in 1998. He also began directing short movies, including L'amore non ha confini in 1998 and La notte lunga in 2001. His feature-length debut was One Man Up, for which he was awarded the Nastro D'Argento prize.

He achieved international recognition in 2004 for his thriller The Consequences of Love. The film, which explores the mindset of a lonely businessman being used as a pawn by the Mafia, won many awards and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

Sorrentino's next feature, The Family Friend, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May[4] and the London Film Festival in October 2006; it tells the story of a malicious septuagenarian loan shark who develops a fixation with the daughter of one of his customers. Sorrentino made his acting debut the same year with a cameo appearance in Nanni Moretti's film The Caiman, which was also shown at the 2006 London Film Festival.

Sorrentino's following film, Il Divo, is a dramatised biopic of Giulio Andreotti, the controversial Italian politician. The feature, which won the Prix du Jury at Cannes Film Festival, sees Sorrentino reunited with The Consequences of Love star Toni Servillo, who plays the part of Andreotti. In 2009, it was announced Sorrentino wrote the screenplay for a film version of Niccolò Ammaniti's novel Ti prendo e ti porto via (Steal You Away).[5]

This Must Be the Place marked the English-language feature debut of the Italian filmmaker. The plot centres on a middle-aged, wealthy rock star, played by two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn, who becomes bored in his retirement and takes on the quest of finding the guard of the German camp where his father was imprisoned, who now lives in hiding in the United States. The film was co-written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello,[6] and premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[7]

His 2013 film The Great Beauty won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2014 Academy Awards.[8] 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 and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[9] The film also received several accolades at the 2013 European Film Awards, including "Best Film" and "Best Director" for Sorrentino.[10]

Youth (2015) is Sorrentino's second English-language film, and features Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor.[11] It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[12]

In 2019, it was announced that Sorrentino would be directing Jennifer Lawrence as mob informant Arlyne Brickman in Mob Girl. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Teresa Carpenter.[13] Sorrentino will also be working as a co-producer on the film with Lawrence, as well as co-writing the screenplay.[13][14]

Sorrentino’s 2021 feature, The Hand of God, filmed in Naples, contains autobiographical elements. In an article about the film, The Guardian called it a coming of age story that was Sorrentino's "most personal" film to date, representing a departure from the detached style of some of his earlier work. Sorrentino also called the film "a completely different movie" in terms of style and, regarding the autobiographical elements, acknowledged that "almost everything is true."[15] The film, which reunited Sorrentino with Toni Servillo, was selected as the Italian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.[16]

As announced in 2021, Sorrentino will next direct the biopic Sue[17] starring and produced by Lawrence as well. The movie — to be written by Lauren Schuker Blum, Rebecca Angelo and John Logan — will chronicle the life of Hollywood agent Sue Mengers as Apple Studios backs the film. [18] In a fierce bidding war for the film between Apple and Netflix, the package offers ranged from $80 million to $95 million for the budget.[19]

Personal life

When asked about the influence of the Vatican on society, Sorrentino said he was a non-believer.[20]

In 2015, Sorrentino was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the American University of Rome.[21]


Sorrentino in 2008
Sorrentino in 2008

Feature films

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2001 One Man Up Yes Yes
2004 The Consequences of Love Yes Yes
2006 The Family Friend Yes Yes
2008 Il Divo Yes Yes
2011 This Must Be The Place Yes Yes
2013 The Great Beauty Yes Yes
2014 Rio, I Love You Yes Yes Segment: La Fortuna
2015 Youth Yes Yes
2018 Loro Yes Yes
2021 The Hand of God Yes Yes

Short films and documentaries

Year Title Director Writer Notes
1994 Un paradiso [it] Yes Yes Short film
1998 L'amore non ha confini [it] Yes Yes Short film
2001 La notte lunga Yes Yes Short film
2002 La primavera del 2002. L'Italia protesta, l'Italia si ferma Yes Documentary
2004 Giovani talenti italiani Yes Documentary
Segment: Quando le cose vanno male
2009 La partita lenta [it] Yes Yes Short film
2009 L'Aquila 2009. Cinque registi tra le macerie Yes Documentary
Segment: L'assegnazione delle tende
2010 Napoli 24 [it] Yes Yes Documentary
Segment: La principessa di Napoli
2011 In the Mirror Yes Yes Commercial for Yamamay
2014 Sabbia Yes Commercial for Armani
2014 The Dream Yes Yes Commercial for Bulgari
2017 Killer in Red Yes Yes Commercial for Campari

Other film work

Year Title Writer Actor Role
1998 The Dust of Naples Yes
2006 The Caiman Yes Aida's Husband
2009 A Question of the Heart Yes Alberto's Friend


TV series

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2016 The Young Pope Yes Yes 10 episodes; also creator
2019 The New Pope Yes Yes 9 episodes; also creator

Other TV work

Year Title Director Writer Role Notes
2000 La squadra Yes 2 episodes
2004 Sabato, domenica e lunedì Yes Television film
2010 Boris Himself Episode: "Nella rete"
2014 Le voci di dentro Yes Television film
2020 Homemade Yes Yes Episode: "Voyage Au Bout De La Nuit"
2021 Cinque pezzi facili Yes 5 episodes



Short stories

Awards and nominations

List of Accolades
Award / Film Festival Year Work Nomination Result
Academy Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language Film Won
2022 The Hand of God Nominated
Amanda Awards 2014[22] The Great Beauty Best Film - International Won
ASECAN Awards 2017[23] Youth Best Foreign Film Nominated
Association of Polish Filmmakers Critics Awards 2014[24] The Great Beauty Best Foreign Film Won
2015[25] Youth Won
British Academy Film Awards 2014[26] The Great Beauty Best Film not in the English Language Won
Bellaria Film Festival 2002[27] One Man Up Best Film Won
Best Technical Contribution Won
Bangkok International Film Festival 2006[28] The Consequences of Love Best Film Nominated
Bodil Awards 2010 Il Divo Best Non-American Film Nominated
2014 The Great Beauty Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2013 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language Film Won
British Independent Film Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Independent Film Nominated
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2002 One Man Up Best Film Nominated
Youth Jury Award Won
Cannes Film Festival 2004 The Consequences of Love Palme d'Or Nominated
2006 The Family Friend Nominated
2008 Il Divo Nominated
Jury Prize Won
2011 This Must Be the Place Palme d'Or Nominated
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Won
2013 The Great Beauty Palme d'Or Nominated
2015 Youth Nominated
César Awards  2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
 2016 Youth Nominated
Chicago International Film Festival 2006 The Family Friend Best Feature Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2013 The Great Beauty Best Foreign-Language Film Nominated
Cinema Brazil Grand Prize 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign-Language Film Nominated
Cinemanila International Film Festival 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign-Language Film Won
Critics' Choice Awards  2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Cinemanila International Film Festival 2013 The Great Beauty Lino Brocka Award for Best Film Won
David di Donatello 2002 One Man Up Best New Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
2005 The Consequences of Love Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Won
Best Film Won
2009 Il Divo Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Film Nominated
2012 This Must Be the Place Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Won
Best Film Nominated
2014 The Great Beauty David of the Youth Nominated
Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Film Nominated
2016 Youth Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Film Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society 2015 Youth Best Director Nominated
Best Film Nominated
Dresden Film Festival 2010 La Partita Lenta Best Short Fiction Film - International Nominated
European Film Awards 2005 The Consequences of Love Best Director Nominated
2008 Il Divo Nominated
Best Screenwriter Nominated
2013 The Great Beauty Best Film Won
Best Director Won
Best Screenwriter Nominated
2015 Youth Best Film Won
Best Director Won
Best Screenwriter Nominated
FICE Awards 2005 The Consequences of Love Best Italian Film Won
2012 This Must Be the Place Won
Best Foreign Language Film Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2013 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Gold Derby Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Foreign Language Film Won
2022 The Hand of God Foreign Language Film Nominated
Goya Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best European Film Nominated
Gotham Awards 2019 L'amica geniale Breakthrough Series - Longform Nominated
Hollywood Film Awards 2013 The Great Beauty Best International Film Won
Best Independent Film Won
Best New Screenplay Won
Independent Spirit Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Film Nominated
International Cinephile Society Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Film Nominated
Best Foreign Film Nominated
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015 Youth Audience Award Won
Kineo Awards 2017 This Must Be the Place Best Film Nominated
L'Association des Critiques de Séries 2017 The Young Pope Best Direction Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Director of the Year Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association 2013 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Film Nominated
Munich International Film Festival 2013 The Great Beauty Best International Film Nominated
Nastro d'Argento 2002 One Man Up Best New Director Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
2005 The Consequences of Love Best Director Nominated
Best Original Story Nominated
2007 The Family Friend Nominated
2009 Il Divo Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Won
2012 This Must Be the Place Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
2013 The Great Beauty Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
2015 Youth Best Director Won
Best Script Nominated
2018 Loro Best Film Nominated
Best Screenplay Won
Ostend Film Festival 2015 Youth Look Prize Nominated
Polish Film Awards 2015 The Great Beauty Best European Film Nominated
2016 Youth Won
Prêmio Guarani 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Film Won
Raindance Film Festival 2009 La Partita Lenta Film of the Festival Won
Robert Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Non-American Film Nominated
2017 Youth Nominated
Salerno Shadowline Film Festival 2014 One Man Up Best Film Won
Sant Jordi Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Film Won
Satellite Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Film Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign-Language Film Nominated
Seville European Film Festival 2008 Il Divo Eurimages Award Won
2013 The Great Beauty Best Co-Production Won
Asecan Award (Special Mention) Won
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2006 The Family Friend Grand Prize Nominated
2008 Il Divo Nominated
2013 The Great Beauty Won
Torino Film Festival 1998 L'amore non ha confini Best Italian Fiction Film Nominated
2001 Himself Giuseppe De Santis Award Won
Tribeca Film Festival 2002 One Man Up Best Narrative Feature Nominated
Turia Awards 2014 The Great Beauty Best Foreign Film Won
Venice Film Festival 2008 Il Divo SIAE Award Won
2016 The Young Pope Won
Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award Won
2021 The Hand of God Golden Lion Nominated
Grand Jury Prize Won
Zurich Film Festival 2021 Lifetime Achievement Tribute to…Award[29] Won


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