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Paolo Sorrentino

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Paolo Sorrentino
Born (1970-05-31) 31 May 1970 (age 53)
Alma materUniversity of Naples Federico II
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1994–present
Notable workIl Divo (2009)
The Great Beauty (2013)
The Hand of God (2021)
AwardsFull list

Paolo Sorrentino (Italian: [ˈpaːolosorrenˈtiːno]; born 31 May 1970)[1] is an Italian film director, screenwriter, and writer. He is considered one of the most prominent filmmakers of Italian cinema working today. He is known for visually striking and complex dramas and has often been compared to Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. He has received numerous accolades including an Academy Award, BAFTA Award two Cannes Film Festival prizes, four Venice Film Festival Awards and four European Film Awards. In Italy he was honoured with eight David di Donatello and six Nastro d'Argento.

Sorrentino made his directorial film debut with the Italian comedy-drama One Man Up (2001) for which he received the Nastro d'Argento for Best New Director followed by The Consequences of Love (2004), The Family Friend (2006), and This Must Be the Place (2011). The biographical drama Il Divo (2009) was awarded the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. He received critical acclaim with the art drama The Great Beauty (2013) which won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[2]

He followed with Youth (2015), Loro (2018), and The Hand of God (2021) the latter of which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. He is also known for his work on television creating and directing the HBO drama series The Young Pope (2016), and The New Pope (2019). He worked with songwriters Antonello Venditti, Paloma Faith and Mark Kozelek and written three books published in Italian.

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, Michael Caine, Fanny Ardant, Harvey Keitel, Isabella Ferrari, Elena Sofia Ricci, Sean Penn, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jude Law, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Nanni Moretti, Filippo Scotti, Carlo Verdone, Antonio Albanese, Frank Langella and Jane Fonda.

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Early life

Sorrentino was born in the Arenella district of Naples in 1970, and was orphaned at age 16 after losing both of his parents.


1998–2012: Rise to prominence

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 (2008), 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 (2011) 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]

2013–present: Breakthrough and acclaim

His 2013 film The Great Beauty won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2014 Academy Awards.[8] Jay Weissberg of Variety hailed the film as "a densely packed, often astonishing cinematic feast that honors Rome in all its splendor and superficiality."[9] 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.[10] The film also received several accolades at the 2013 European Film Awards, including "Best Film" and "Best Director" for Sorrentino.[11]

Sorrentino then directed Youth (2015), his second English-language film which features Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor. The film also starred Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Jane Fonda.[12] It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[13] Kenneth Turan of NPR described the film as "a meditation on the wonders and complications of life, an examination of what matters to people, no matter what their age".[14] Sorrentino received the Nastro d'Argento for Best Director.

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.[15] Sorrentino will also be working as a co-producer on the film with Lawrence, as well as co-writing the screenplay.[15][16]

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."[17] The film, which reunited Sorrentino with Toni Servillo, was selected as the Italian entry for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.[18] The film was nominated but ultimately lost to the Ryusuke Hamaguchi film Drive My Car (2021).

As announced in 2021, Sorrentino will next direct the biopic Sue[19] 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. [20] 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.[21] In 2023 it was reported Sorrentino was directing another "love letter to Naples" starring Gary Oldman.[22]

Personal life

When asked about the influence of the Vatican on society, Sorrentino said he was a non-believer.[23]

In 2015, Sorrentino was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the American University of Rome.[24]


Sorrentino in 2008


Feature films

Year Title Director Writer Notes
1998 The Dust of Naples No Yes
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
2024 Parthenope 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 No Documentary
2004 Giovani talenti italiani Yes No 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 No 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 No Commercial for Armani
2014 The Dream Yes Yes Commercial for Bulgari
2017 Killer in Red Yes Yes Commercial for Campari

Acting roles

Year Title Role
2006 The Caiman Aida's Husband
2009 A Question of the Heart 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
2023 Call My Agent - Italia Himself Season 1, episode 2[25]



Short stories

Awards and honors


  1. ^ "Paolo Sorrentino's Biography".
  2. ^ Wyche2014-02-19T11:31:00+00:00, Elbert. "Paolo Sorrentino, The Great Beauty". Screen. Retrieved 12 December 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Consequences of Love". Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Family Friend". Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  5. ^ Coscia, Biagio."Il ritorno di Sorrentino alla sceneggiatura",, January 30, 2009
  6. ^ Fleming, Michael (17 May 2009). "Sorrentino putting Penn in his 'Place'". Variety. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  8. ^ Tiziano Peccia, "Critica e critiche alla Grande Bellezza", O Olho da História, numero 22 (April 2016)
  9. ^ "Film Review: 'The Great Beauty'". Variety. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  10. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Winners 2013". European Film Awards. European Film Academy. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  12. ^ Child, Ben (13 May 2014). "Sorrentino's The Early Years stars Michael Caine as conductor compelled to perform for the Queen". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  13. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  14. ^ "'Youth' Is A Meditation On Life's Wonders And Complications". NPR. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  15. ^ a b "Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Paolo Sorrentino's 'Mob Girl'". Variety. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  16. ^ Mob Girl at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  17. ^ "The Hand of God review – Paolo Sorrentino relives his teens in a film of two halves". The Guardian. 5 December 2021. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  19. ^ Aguirre, Abby (6 September 2022). "Jennifer Lawrence Talks Motherhood, Causeway, and the End of Roe v. Wade". Vogue. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  20. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr.; D'Alessandro, Anthony (13 August 2021). "Apple In Advanced Talks To Win Big Auction For Jennifer Lawrence-Sue Mengers Biopic Package". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  21. ^ Lang, Brent (9 August 2021). "Netflix, Apple Circling Jennifer Lawrence, Paolo Sorrentino Film About Sue Mengers". IndieWire. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  22. ^ "Gary Oldman Joins Paolo Sorrentino's Next Feature (and Another Love Letter to Naples)". The Hollywood Reporter. 30 August 2023. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  23. ^ "With 'The Young Pope', Paolo Sorrentino takes on the Catholic Church in a way we've never seen before". SBS Movies. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  24. ^ "Honorary Degree recipients at The American University of Rome". The American University of Rome. 21 December 2021. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  25. ^ Manca, Mario (20 January 2023). "Call My Agent Italia è il remake italiano migliore di sempre" [Call My Agent Italia Is the Best Italian Remake of All Time]. Vanity Fair Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 19 March 2024.

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