Giuseppe Tornatore  

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Giuseppe Tornatore (born 27 May 1956) is an Italian film director.


Born in Bagheria near Palermo, Tornatore shown interest in theatre and acting well from the age of 16. He then switched to cinema, making his debut with a documentary movie called Le minoranze etniche in Sicilia (Ethnical minorities in Sicily), which won a Salerno Festival prize. He then went on working for RAI, before releasing his first full-length movie, Il Camorrista, in 1985.

However, Tornatore's best known screen work was released in 1989: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, a movie about the return of a successful film director to his native town in Sicily for the funeral of an old friend of his, obtained worldwide success and won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Following the success of Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, Tornatore released several other movies, his latest in 2006, but never repeating the success of his most successful work.


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