born in: Palermo, Sicilly
BiographyBorn 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.
He worked initially as a freelance photographer. Then, switching to cinema, he made his debut with Le minoranze etniche in Sicilia (The Ethnic Minorities in Sicily), a collaborative documentary which won a Salerno Festival prize. He then worked for RAI before releasing his first full-length film, Il Camorrista, in 1985. This evoked a positive response from audience and critics alike and Tornatore was awarded the Silver Ribbon for best new director.
Tornatore's best known screen work was released in 1989: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, a film about the return of a successful film director to his native town in Sicily for the funeral of an old friend. This obtained worldwide success and won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Subsequently Tornatore released several other films cementing his place in film history.
The Unknown Woman (2006)
The Legend of 1900 (1998)
Ritratti d'autore (TV series documentary) - (1 episode)
L'uomo delle stelle (1995)
Lo schermo a tre punte (1995 video documentary)
A Pure Formality (1994)
Especially on Sunday (1991) - (segment "Il cane blu")
Everybody's Fine (1990)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Il camorrista (1986
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