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Nanni Moretti

Giovanni (Nanni) Moretti (born August 19, 1953) is an Italian film director, producer, screenwriter and actor.

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Life and work

Born in Bruneck from the epigraphist Luigi Moretti, Greek teacher at Rome La Sapienza, and resident for his whole life in Rome, he is known for his films Caro diario (Dear Diary, 1993; followed in 1998 by a sequel, Aprile) and La stanza del figlio (The Son's Room, 2001), the latter of which won the Palme d'Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

His other work has not been widely seen outside Europe, but within his country Moretti is well known as a maker of wryly humorous and eccentric films, usually starring himself. Moretti played waterpolo in the B division of the Italian championship. His experience later inspired his film Palombella Rossa ("palombella," which literally means "little pigeon," refers to a type of lob shot).

Moretti is also an outspoken political leftist: in 2002 he organized massive street protests against the government of Silvio Berlusconi.[2] Il caimano (2006) is in part about Berlusconi's controversies: in one of the three portraits of the Italian prime minister Moretti himself plays Berlusconi.[3] Aprile also deals with Italy's political situation and Moretti's views on it.

He lives in Rome, where he is co-owner of a small movie theater, Nuovo Sacher. The short film, Il Giorno della prima di Close Up (Opening Day of Close-Up, 1996), shows Moretti at his theatre attempting to encourage patrons to attend the opening day of Abbas Kiarostami's film, Close Up.

His brother is literary scholar Franco Moretti.

Films directed by Moretti

Further reading

  • Carlo Chatrian, Eugenio Renzi, Conversations avec Nanni Moretti, Paris, 2008, Editions des Cahiers du cinéma.
  • Ewa Mazierska, Laura Rascaroli The Cinema of Nanni Moretti Wallflower, 2004.

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