Paolo Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino is an Italian screenwriter and director. He achieved international recognition in 2004 with Le conseguenze dell'amore (The Consequences of Love) which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. L'amico di famiglia (The Family Friend) in 2006 was also nominated for the Palme d’Or. Il Divo, a dramatised biopic of Giulio Andreotti, the controversial Italian politician, won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2008.  His English language debut This Must Be The Place was released in 2011. La Grande Belleza, in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, received the Oscar for "Best Foreign Language film" in 2014. His last film, Youth (La Giovinezza), part of the 2015 official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, was released in Italy in May 2015. Critically acclaimed, the film received many awards, notably "best European film", "best director" and "best actor" at the 2015 European Film Awards.  Sorrentino is currently shooting a mini-series of 8 episodes entitled The Young Pope (Il Giovane Papa), with Jude Law in the leading role of Pope Pius XIII. It will be broadcast by Sky Atlantic, HBO and Canal+, starting mid-2016.