Directors: today's Italian directors

by felix87 | created - 23 Feb 2013 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

(Registi italiani contemporanei)

1. Emanuele Crialese

Director | Respiro

Although born in Rome in 1965, Emanuele Crialese has Sicilian roots, to which he pays tribute in film after film. In 1991 he leaves for the USA where he studies film direction at New York University. After making several shorts, he directs his first feature-length movie Once We Were Strangers (1997)...

2. Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer | La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano

Giuseppe Tornatore was born on May 27, 1956 in Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for The Legend of 1900 (1998), The Best Offer (2013) and Cinema Paradiso (1988).

3. Giorgio Diritti

Director | Il vento fa il suo giro

Giorgio Diritti was born on December 21, 1959 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Wind Blows Round (2005), The Man Who Will Come (2009) and Un giorno devi andare (2013).

4. Gabriele Salvatores

Director | Nirvana

Gabriele Salvatores was born on July 30, 1950 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Nirvana (1997), I'm Not Scared (2003) and The Invisible Boy (2014).

5. Alice Rohrwacher

Director | Lazzaro felice

Alice Rohrwacher was born in 1982 in Fiesole, Tuscany, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for Happy as Lazzaro (2018), The Wonders (2014) and Corpo Celeste (2011).

6. Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer | Ultimo tango a Parigi

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director whose films were known for their colorful visual style, was born in Parma, Italy. He attended Rome University and became famous as a poet. He served as assistant director for Pier Paolo Pasolini in the film Accattone (1961) and directed The Grim Reaper (...

7. Gianfranco Rosi

Director | Fuocoammare

Gianfranco Rosi was born in 1964 in Asmara, Eritrea. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Fire at Sea (2016), Sacro GRA (2013) and Below Sea Level (2008).

8. Matteo Garrone

Director | Il racconto dei racconti - Tale of Tales

Matteo Garrone was born in Rome in 1968. He is the son of a theatre critic, Nico Garrone, and a photographer. In 1996 he won the Sacher d'Oro, an award sponsored by Nanni Moretti, with the short film Silhouette (1996), that became one of the three episodes of his first feature film Land in Between ...

9. Paolo Sorrentino

Writer | Youth

Paolo Sorrentino was born on May 31, 1970 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Youth (2015), The Great Beauty (2013) and This Must Be the Place (2011). He is married to Daniela D'Antonio. They have two children.

10. Daniele Luchetti

Director | Mio fratello è figlio unico

Daniele Luchetti was born on July 26, 1960 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for My Brother Is an Only Child (2007), The Yes Man (1991) and It's Happening Tomorrow (1988).

11. Roberto Andò

Director | Le confessioni

Roberto Andò was born on January 11, 1959 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Confessions (2016), Long Live Freedom (2013) and The Prince's Manuscript (2000).

12. Paolo Virzì

Writer | La prima cosa bella

Paolo Virzì was born on March 4, 1964 in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for The First Beautiful Thing (2010), Tutta la vita davanti (2008) and Human Capital (2013). He has been married to Micaela Ramazzotti since January 17, 2009. They have two children. He was ...

13. Marco Bellocchio

Writer | Buongiorno, notte

Marco Bellocchio was born on November 9, 1939 in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Good Morning, Night (2003), The Wedding Director (2006) and Fists in the Pocket (1965).

14. Paolo Taviani

Director | La notte di San Lorenzo

Paolo Taviani studied liberal arts at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan (1946). After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Vittorio, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work ...

15. Michelangelo Frammartino

Director | Il dono

Michelangelo Frammartino was born in 1968 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Gift (2003), Le Quattro Volte (2010) and Io non posso entrare (2002).

16. Vittorio Taviani

Director | La notte di San Lorenzo

Vittorio Taviani studied law at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini's Paisan (1946). After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Paolo, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work together ever ...

17. Davide Ferrario

Director | Dopo mezzanotte

Davide Ferrario was born on June 26, 1956 in Casalmaggiore, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for After Midnight (2004), We All Fall Down (1997) and Tutta colpa di Giuda (2009).

18. Daniele Vicari

Director | Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood

Daniele Vicari was born on February 26, 1967 in Castel di Tora, Rieti, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012), Maximum Velocity (V-Max) (2002) and The Past Is a Foreign Land (2008).

19. Giuseppe Piccioni

Writer | Fuori dal mondo

Giuseppe Piccioni was born on July 2, 1953 in Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Not of This World (1999), Light of My Eyes (2001) and Penniless Hearts (1996).

20. Silvio Soldini

Writer | Pane e tulipani

Silvio Soldini was born in 1958 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Bread and Tulips (2000), Days and Clouds (2007) and Burning in the Wind (2002).

21. Carlo Mazzacurati

Writer | La giusta distanza

Carlo Mazzacurati was born on March 2, 1956 in Padua, Veneto, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for The Right Distance (2007), Another Life (1992) and Notte italiana (1987). He was married to Marina Zangirolami. He died on January 22, 2014 in Padua.

23. Daniele Gaglianone

Director | La mia classe

Daniele Gaglianone was born in 1966 in Ancona, Marche, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for My Class (2013), Nemmeno il destino (2004) and Our Years (2000).

24. Alessandro Piva

Director | La capa gira

Alessandro Piva was born in 1966 in Salerno, Italy. He is a director and editor, known for The Head Is Spinning (2000), Henry (2010) and My Brother-In-Law (2003).

25. Michele Placido

Actor | Romanzo criminale

Michele Placido was born on May 19, 1946 in Ascoli Satriano, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Romanzo Criminale (2005), Un eroe borghese (1995) and Del perduto amore (1998). He has been married to Federica Vincenti since August 14, 2012. They have one child. He was previously ...

26. Gianni Zanasi

Writer | Non pensarci

Gianni Zanasi was born on August 6, 1965 in Vignola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Non pensarci (2007), Lucia's Grace (2018) and Nella mischia (1995).

27. Giulio Manfredonia

Director | Si può fare

Giulio Manfredonia is a director and writer, known for We Can Do That (2008), Qualunquemente (2011) and Tanti auguri (1998). He is married to Maria Rosaria Russo. They have two children.

28. Pappi Corsicato

Director | Libera

Pappi Corsicato was born on June 12, 1960 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Libera (1993), Black Holes (1995) and Il seme della discordia (2008).

30. Antonio Manetti

Director | Ammore e malavita

Antonio Manetti was born on September 16, 1970 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Love and Bullets (2017), Song of Napoli (2013) and The Arrival of Wang (2011).

31. Marco Manetti

Director | Ammore e malavita

Marco Manetti was born on January 15, 1968 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Love and Bullets (2017), Song of Napoli (2013) and The Arrival of Wang (2011).

32. Edoardo Gabbriellini

Director | Padroni di casa

Edoardo Gabbriellini was born on July 16, 1975 in Livorno, Italy. He is an actor and director, known for The Landlords (2012), I Am Love (2009) and Hardboiled Egg (1997).

33. Libero De Rienzo

Actor | Sangue: La morte non esiste

Libero De Rienzo was born in 1978 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is an actor and director, known for Sangue: La morte non esiste (2005), Santa Maradona (2001) and Fort Apache Napoli (2009).

34. Sergio Rubini

Actor | The Passion of the Christ

Sergio Rubini was born on December 21, 1959 in Grumo Appula, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and director, known for The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Station (1990) and Our Land (2006). He was previously married to Margherita Buy.

35. Ferzan Ozpetek

Writer | La finestra di fronte

Ferzan Ozpetek was born on February 3, 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a writer and assistant director, known for Facing Windows (2003), Loose Cannons (2010) and His Secret Life (2001).

36. Edoardo Winspeare

Director | Pizzicata

Edoardo Winspeare was born on September 14, 1965 in Klagenfurt, Austria. He is a director and writer, known for Pizzicata (1996), Sangue vivo (2000) and Quiet Bliss (2014).

37. Pietro Marcello

Director | Bella e perduta

Pietro Marcello was born on July 2, 1976 in Caserta, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Lost and Beautiful (2015), Martin Eden (2019) and The Mouth of the Wolf (2009).

38. Marco Tullio Giordana

Director | Romanzo di una strage

Marco Tullio Giordana was born on October 1, 1950 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy (2012), One Hundred Steps (2000) and The Best of Youth (2003).

39. Cristina Comencini

Writer | Il più bel giorno della mia vita

Cristina Comencini was born in Rome in 1956. Her father was the Italian director Luigi Comencini and with him she began her career as a screenwriter, co-writing Il matrimonio di Caterina (1982), Buon Natale... Buon anno (1989), Quattro storie di donne (1986), Cuore and La Storia.

Graduated in ...

40. Francesca Comencini

Director | Lo spazio bianco

A philosophy student, she quit University after two years, and moved to France in 1982. Although she was planning to be a writer, she brought to the screen instead an autobiographical story with Pianoforte (1984): the film won the De Sica Award at the Venice Film Festival and was invited to other ...

41. Francesca Archibugi

Writer | Mignon è partita

Francesca Archibugi was born on May 16, 1960 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She is a writer and director, known for Mignon Has Left (1988), Questione di cuore (2009) and Il grande cocomero (1993). She is married to Battista Lena. They have three children.

42. Rolando Ravello

Writer | Perfetti sconosciuti

Rolando Ravello is an actor and writer, known for Perfect Strangers (2016), Tutti contro tutti (2013) and Perfect Strangers (2017).

43. Nanni Moretti

Producer | La stanza del figlio

Nanni Moretti was born on the 19th of August, 1953. He lives in Rome, where since he was a kid he devotes himself to his two passions: cinema and water-polo. In 1970 he also played in water-polo first division in Italy, and in the junior National team. In those years he was also very committed in ...

44. Daniele Ciprì

Cinematographer | È stato il figlio

Daniele Ciprì was born on August 17, 1962 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a cinematographer and director, known for It Was the Son (2012), Lo zio di Brooklyn (1995) and Il ritorno di Cagliostro (2003).

45. Franco Maresco

Director | Belluscone. Una storia siciliana

Franco Maresco was born on May 5, 1958 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Belluscone. Una storia siciliana (2014), Lo zio di Brooklyn (1995) and Il ritorno di Cagliostro (2003).

46. Mario Martone

Director | L'amore molesto

Mario Martone was born on November 20, 1959 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for L'amore molesto (1995), Capri-Revolution (2018) and Leopardi (2014).

47. Gianni Amelio

Director | Le chiavi di casa

Gianni Amelio was born on January 20, 1945 in Magisano, Calabria, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Keys to the House (2004), The Stolen Children (1992) and Open Doors (1990).

48. Pupi Avati

Writer | Gli amici del bar Margherita

Pupi Avati was born on November 3, 1938 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy as Giuseppe Avati. He is a writer and director, known for The Friends at the Margherita Cafe (2009), The Story of Boys & Girls (1989) and Giovanna's Father (2008).

49. Giuliano Montaldo

Writer | Sacco e Vanzetti

Born in 1930 in Genoa. Still a young student in 1950 when director Carlo Lizzani gave him a role in the film Achtung Banditi!. Following this experience he traveled to Rome where, after acting in film and theatre, he became the Assistant Director of Lizzani, Gillo Pontecorvo, Sergio Leone, ...

51. Silvano Agosti

Editor | Uova di garofano

Silvano Agosti was born on March 23, 1938 in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. He is an editor and director, known for Sweet War, Farewell (1991), Quartiere (1987) and Fit to Be Untied (1975).

52. Roberto Faenza

Writer | Jona che visse nella balena

Roberto Faenza was born on February 21, 1943 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Look to the Sky (1993), I Viceré (2007) and Come Into the Light (2005).

54. Costanza Quatriglio

Director | L'isola

Costanza Quatriglio was born in 1973 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for The Island (2003), Con il fiato sospeso (2013) and Just Like My Son (2018).

55. Antonietta De Lillo

Director | Una casa in bilico

Antonietta De Lillo was born on March 6, 1960 in Naples, Campania, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for Tottering in the Dark (1987), Il resto di niente (2004) and Non è giusto (2001).

56. Barbara Cupisti

Director | Madri

Barbara Cupisti began her career as leading actress in Italian and French films and television serials. For twenty years, she worked with prominent directors, including Tinto Brass, Dario Argento, Norman Jewison, Paul Planchon, Antonio Pedro Vasconcelos, Jhon Lofve, Gabriele Salvatores, and Carlo ...

57. Michele Soavi

Director | Dellamorte Dellamore

Born in Milan, Italy in 1957, Michele Soavi's parents separated when he was little and he lived with his mother who remarried a painter. Interested in his stepfather's interest in painting, Soavi began an interest in creative arts in his school. During his teenage years, he decided that the cinema ...

58. Riccardo Milani

Director | Il posto dell'anima

Riccardo Milani was born on April 15, 1958 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Soul's Place (2003), Like a Cat on a Highway (2017) and The Family (2012). He has been married to Paola Cortellesi since October 1, 2011. They have one child.

59. Francesco Munzi

Director | Anime nere

Francesco Munzi was born in 1969 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Black Souls (2014), Saimir (2004) and The Rest of the Night (2008).

60. Fabrizio Bentivoglio

Actor | Un eroe borghese

Fabrizio Bentivoglio was born on January 4, 1957 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Un eroe borghese (1995), Human Capital (2013) and On Tour (1990). He has been married to Silvia Pippia since May 19, 2012. They have two children.

61. Sergio Castellitto

Actor | Non ti muovere

Sergio Castellitto was born in Rome in 1953. After graduating from the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art in 1978, he began his theatrical career in Italian public theater with "Shakespeare's Measure for Measure" at the Teatro di Roma and with roles in other plays such as "La Madre by ...

62. Alina Marazzi

Director | Tutto parla di te

Alina Marazzi was born on November 5, 1964 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for All About You (2012), We Want Roses Too (2007) and For One More Hour with You (2002).

63. Anna Negri

Director | Riprendimi

Anna Negri is a director and writer, known for Good Morning Heartache (2008), C'era una volta a Essaouira (2007) and In principio erano le mutande (1999).

65. Dario Argento

Writer | Profondo rosso

Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other ...

66. Stefano Mordini

Director | Il testimone invisibile

Stefano Mordini was born on August 10, 1968 in Marradi, Tuscany, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Invisible Witness (2018), Pericle (2016) and Smalltown, Italy (2005). He is married to Valentina Cervi. They have two children.

67. Sydney Sibilia

Writer | Smetto quando voglio

Sydney Sibilia was born on November 19, 1981 in Salerno, Campania, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for I Can Quit Whenever I Want (2014), I Can Quit Whenever I Want: Ad Honorem (2017) and I Can Quit Whenever I Want: Masterclass (2017).

71. Uberto Pasolini

Producer | The Full Monty

Uberto Pasolini is a producer and director, known for The Full Monty (1997), Machan (2008) and Still Life (2013). He has been married to Rachel Portman since 1995.

72. Luca Guadagnino

Director | Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino was born in 1971 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and producer, known for Call Me by Your Name (2017), Suspiria (2018) and A Bigger Splash (2015).

73. David Grieco

Writer | Evilenko

David Grieco was born in Rome in 1951. Just sixteen, he was chosen by Franco Zeffirelli for a part in "Romeo and Juliet", by Pier Paolo Pasolini for "Teorema", by Bernardo Bertolucci for "Partner" and many others. At seventeen, he became an assistant director for Pasolini, Bertolucci and others. At...

75. Costanza Quatriglio

Director | L'isola

Costanza Quatriglio was born in 1973 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for The Island (2003), Con il fiato sospeso (2013) and Just Like My Son (2018).

77. Piero Messina

Director | L'attesa

Piero Messina was born on April 30, 1981 in Caltagirone, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for L'attesa (2015), Terra (2012) and The Great Beauty (2013).

78. Ivano De Matteo

Director | I nostri ragazzi

Ivano De Matteo was born on January 22, 1966 in Rome, Italy. He is an actor and director, known for The Dinner (2014), Balancing Act (2012) and Prigionieri di una fede (1999). He is married to Valentina Ferlan.

79. Antonio Capuano

Director | Pianese Nunzio, 14 anni a maggio

Antonio Capuano was born on April 9, 1940 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Sacred Silence (1996), Mario's War (2005) and Dark Love (2010).

80. Marco Risi

Director | Fortapàsc

Marco Risi was born on June 4, 1951 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Fort Apache Napoli (2009), Forever Mary (1989) and Boys on the Outside (1990).

81. Alex Infascelli

Director | Almost Blue

Alex Infascelli was born in Rome in 1967. At the age of 21 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career. After playing in several local bands he found a job as production assistant for Propaganda Films, working his way up to 2nd A.D. and collaborating with several directors including ...

82. Davide Marengo

Director | Il cacciatore

Davide Marengo was born in 1972 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Cacciatore - The Hunter (2018), Craj - Domani (2005) and Boris (2007).

83. Louis Nero

Producer | The Broken Key

Louis Nero was born in Turin, Italy, in 1976. He took a degree in D.a.m.s University of Turin in 1999. Nowadays is attending the second degree in theoretical philosophy. He is the President since 1998 of "L'Altrofilm". Since 2004 he is a permanent member of David of Donatello jury (Italian Academy ...

84. Luca Guadagnino

Director | Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino was born in 1971 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is a director and producer, known for Call Me by Your Name (2017), Suspiria (2018) and A Bigger Splash (2015).

87. Salvatore Mereu

Director | Bellas mariposas

Salvatore Mereu was born in 1965 in Dorgali, Sardinia, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Pretty Butterflies (2012), Three-Step Dance (2003) and L'anno bisestile (1990).

89. Marco Ponti

Writer | Santa Maradona

Marco Ponti was born on July 25, 1967 in Avigliana, Piedmont, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for Santa Maradona (2001), L'uomo perfetto (2005) and Passione sinistra (2013).

90. Mimmo Calopresti

Director | La seconda volta

Mimmo Calopresti was born on January 4, 1955 in Polistena, Calabria, Italy as Domenico Calopresti. He is a director and writer, known for La seconda volta (1995), Notes of Love (1998) and I Only Wanted to Live (2006). He has been married to Cristina Cosentino since June 2008.

91. Daniele Gaglianone

Director | La mia classe

Daniele Gaglianone was born in 1966 in Ancona, Marche, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for My Class (2013), Nemmeno il destino (2004) and Our Years (2000).

92. Gianfranco Pannone

Director | Latina/Littoria

Gianfranco Pannone is a director and writer, known for Latina/Littoria (2001), L'esercito più piccolo del mondo (2015) and Kelibia-Mazara (1998).

94. Marco S. Puccioni

Director | Come il vento

Born in Rome in 1963, where he studied architecture. After graduating in 1989 he took up studies in film at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. After several short experimental films and documentaries, he made his feature film debut in 2002 with Quello Che Cerchi. Riparo his second ...



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