16. Giuseppe Tornatore (1956 – )

Film director and screenwriter 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.

Freelance photographer, he then switched to cinema making his debut with Le minoranze etniche in Sicilia (The Ethnic Minorities in Sicily), a collaborative documentary film which won a Salerno Festival prize. In 1985 he released his first full-length film, Il Camorrista, and was recognized with the Silver Ribbon for best new director.

Tornatore’s best known screen work was released in 1988: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, awarded with the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2007 Tornatore was recognized with the Silver George for Best Director at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival for The Unknown Woman.

Read more:
1. Huffingtopost, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-simon/giuseppe-tornatore-rememb_b_6136350.html
2. Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Tornatore

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