Italian-born GABRIELE MUCCINO (Director) made quite a name for himself in the U.S. directing the 2006 blockbuster The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. Though many directors expressed interest in the film, it was Smith and his producing partner James Lassiter who wanted Muccino for the job. The movie garnered multiple award nominations, including an Academy AwardÂ® nomination in the Best Actor category for Will Smith. It also grossed more than $300 million worldwide.
Muccino also directed L' Ultimo Bacio (The Last Kiss), the story of a young man thrust into adulthood when his girlfriend announces she is pregnant. The film was nominated for 10 David Di Donatello awards, Italy's equivalent of the OscarÂ®, and won five, including Best Director. It was made into an American version and starred Zach Braff. Stateside, the film won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance and was cited by Entertainment Weekly as one of the ten best films of 2002.
His follow up film, Remember Me, My Love, starring Monica Bellucci, was admired by critics around the world.
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