ROMEO AND JULIET
CARLO CARLEI (Director) in his directorial debut (1993) received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Foreign Film" for his Mafia action thriller, "Flight of the Innocent." The film went on to win numerous domestic and international awards including Best Film and Best Director at the Hampton Film Festival and the Best Audience Film Award at the Telluride Film Festival. From that point forward, Carlo Carlei's career as a filmmaker was cemented both in the United States and in Europe.
Carlei was born in Calabria, Italy, and became a true cinephile at a young age. Carlo was the quintessential Salvatore in "Cinema Paradiso." As a young boy, Carlo lost himself in movie theatres and then formalized his education at The Gaumont Film School of Rome.
While making movies in Hollywood, CA, Carlei'sItalian roots and supporters called the filmmaker back to Italy to develop, write and direct a few special projects including "Padre Pio: Miracle Man," starring well-known Italian star Sergio Castellito. The critically acclaimed film originally aired on the Italian Network Canale 5 as a four hour mini-series and broke all the ratings records in the history of Italian television. Additionally, "Ferrari," a mini-series based on the legendary life of the car racer and Industrialist Enzo Ferrari and "Flight to Freedom -- The Aviator" and "General Della Rovere" kept Carlei in Italy making movies and mini-series which won him award after award.
While "Padre Pio: Miracle Man" and Carlei's other projects were an overwhelming success in Italy, Carlei was torn between continuing his career as a director in his homeland or his American adopted city, Hollywood, CA. The result was a compromise -- in addition to continuing his work in Italy, Carlei conceived and/or developed projects in Hollywood as well as Italy. In Hollywood -- projects included "Daredevil," "I am Legend," "The Last Legion," "Mercury," "The Plumber, A Tale of Two Classmates," "Manhattan Ghost Story," "Pincushion," "Max Lakeman and The Beautiful Stranger," "A Season in Hell and Forever, Inc.," and the recently directed "Romeo & Juliet."
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