THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
Director and screenwriter PAOLO SORRENTINO was born in Naples in 1970.
His first full-length feature One Man Up, starring Toni Servillo and Andrea
Renzi, was selected at the
2001 Venice Film Festival, achieved three nominations for the David di Donatello
Academy Awards) and won the Nastro d'Argento (the Italian cinema journalists
Academy Award) for
Best First Time Director. In 2004 he directed The Consequences of Love, selected
in Competition at
the Cannes Film Festival and acclaimed by both Italian and International
critics. The film won many
important Italian awards, including five David di Donatello awards: for Best
Screenplay, Actor and Cinematography. Three years later his third film The
Family Friend was also
selected in Competition at Cannes. In 2008 another collaboration with Toni
Servillo, Il Divo, became
his third film to be selected in Competition at Cannes, winning the Prix du
Jury. The film was
nominated for Best Make-Up at the Academy Awards and won seven David di
Donatello, five Ciak
d'Oro and five Nastri d'Argento awards.
In 2010 he published his first novel, Hanno tutti ragione, which was warmly
received by both critics
and public and was short-listed for the Premio Strega, the most prestigious
Italian literature award.
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, Sorrentino's first English language feature, marks his
fourth film in
Competition at Cannes.
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