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Giuseppe Avati, better known as Pupi Avati (born November 3, 1938), is an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter. Pupi Avati was born in Bologna.

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Biography

After ending his study Political Science at the Bologna university, he took on work in a frozen food company and at the same time developed a passion for jazz, becoming an amateur musician.

But with the debut of his movie Blood Relations (Balsamus, l'uomo di Satana, 1968) he stepped into the business of film-making. This first movie is also one of the few that he didn't write himself. A year later his second movie Thomas (1969) followed, though not released in Italy, and another five years later the bizarre La mazurka del barone, della santa e del fico fiorone (1974), a movie in a style reminiscent of the movies of Federico Fellini with an almost fairytale-like atmosphere.

In 1975, Avati made the musical fantasy Bordella, which caused a commotion resulting in some censorship, and a year later he directed a horror film, The House with Laughing Windows (La casa dalle finestre che ridono, 1976), a movie set in the Po Valley, not far from his hometown Bologna. This movie was followed up with Tutti defunti... tranne i morti (1977), a black comedy with a theme very similar to his previous movie but treated in a parodistic, farcical way.

Throughout his whole career Avati always found a great ease in directing any "genre" of movie: he has been successful in horrors (laughing windows, zeder, the mysterious enchanter, the hideout), medieval period pieces (magnificat, I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa), dramas (regalo di natale, festival, brothers and sisters, la rivincita di natale), romantic comedies (the heart is elsewhere), jazz comedies (jazz band, ma quando arrivano le ragazze?), buddy comedies (Gli amici del Bar Margherita), even a jazz biopic (bix) and many more, proving himself one of the most versatile directors in a cinema industry almost too anxious to pigeonhole an author in a narrow, well-defined category.

Avati then showed his ability to direct TV movies as well. It resulted in the two successful dramas Jazz band (1978) and Cinema!!! (1979). Sharing the same theme, his next movies, for the cinemas again, were the fairytale-like Le strelle nel fosso (1979), the charming A School Outing (Una gita scolastica) (1983), We Three (Noi tre) (1984), about a part of the life of Mozart, the parable Graduation Party (Festa di laurea) (1985), and The Story of Boys and Girls (Storia di ragazzi e ragazze) (1988) and Declarations of Love (Dichiarazioni d’amore) (1994).

Some of his most successful films were Impiegati (1985), Christmas Present (Regalo di Natale, 1986) and The Last Minute (Ultimo minuto, 1987). True to his polyhedric style Avati injects heavy doses of struggle and suffering in his stories but what the characters will do with them it's entirely up to them. They can use them to grow stronger and 'come of age', like the young clerk of Impiegati, they can turn the table in a last, angry, stubborn comeback, like the aging football general manager of The Last Minute, or they can be just defeated and blown away by them. Avati seems more interested in capturing the secret of human reaction to adversities than to preach values or morals via his camerawork. This refuse of prejudiced, 'ideological' moviemaking hides perhaps the secret of his ease in shaping one different move after the other.

Il cuore altrove (2003), received the David di Donatello Award for Best Director.

Filmography

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Director

  • Balsamus l'uomo di Satana (Blood Relations, 1970)
  • Thomas e gli indemoniati (Thomas and the Bewitched, 1970)
  • La mazurka del barone, della santa e del fico fiorone (1975)
  • Bordella (House of Pleasure for Women, 1976)
  • La casa dalle finestre che ridono (The House with Laughing Windows, 1976)
  • Tutti defunti... tranne i morti (1977)
  • Le strelle nel fosso (1979)
  • Aiutami a sognare (Help Me Dream, 1981)
  • Dancing Paradise (1982)
  • Zeder (1983)
  • Una gita scolastica (A School Outing, 1983)
  • Noi tre (We Three, 1984)
  • Impiegati (1984)
  • Festa di laurea (Graduation Party, 1985)
  • Regalo di Natale (Christmas Present, 1986)
  • Ultimo minuto (The Last Minute, 1987)
  • Sposi (Bride and Groom, 1987, first segment)
  • Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze (The Story of Boys and Girls, 1989)
  • È proibito ballare (1989, TV)
  • Bix (1991)
  • Fratelli e sorelle (Brothers and Sisters, 1991)
  • Magnificat (1993)
  • L'amico d'infanzia (The Childhood Friend, 1994)
  • Dichiarazioni d'amore (Declarations of Love, 1994)
  • Voci notturne (Night Voices, 1995, mini)
  • Festival (1996)
  • L'arcano incantatore (The Mysterious Enchanter, 1996)
  • Il testimone dello sposo (The Best Man, 1998)
  • La via degli angeli (A Midsummer Night's Dance, 1999)
  • I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa (The Knights of the Quest, 2001)
  • Il cuore altrove (The Heart Is Elsewhere, also known as The Heart Is Everywhere, 2003)
  • La rivincita di Natale (Christmas Rematch, 2004)
  • Ma quando arrivano le ragazze? (2004)
  • La seconda notte di nozze (2005)
  • La cena per farli conoscere (2007)
  • Il nascondiglio (The Hideout, 2007)
  • Il papà di Giovanna (Giovanna's father, 2008)

Screenwriter

  • Thomas e gli indemoniati (Thomas and the Bewitched, 1970)
  • Il Bacio (The Kiss, 1974, directed by Mario Lanfranchi)
  • La mazurka del barone, della santa e del fico fiorone (1975)
  • Cav. Costante Nicosia demoniaco (also known as Il Dracula in Brianza or Dracula in the Provinces, 1975, directed by Lucio Fulci)
  • Bordella (House of Pleasure for Women, 1976)
  • La casa dalle finestre che ridono (The House with the Windows That Laugh, 1976)
  • Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom, 1976, uncredited, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini)
  • La padrona è servita (The Boss Is Served, 1976, directed by Mario Lanfranchi)
  • Tutti defunti... tranne i morti (1977)
  • Le strelle nel fosso (1979)
  • Macabro (Frozen Terror, also known as Macabre, 1980, directed by Lamberto Bava)
  • Aiutami a sognare (Help Me Dream, 1981)
  • Dancing Paradise (1982)
  • Zeder (1983)
  • Una gita scolastica (A School Outing, 1983)
  • Noi tre (We Three, 1984)
  • Impiegati (1984)
  • Festa di laurea (Graduation Party, 1985)
  • Regalo di Natale (Christmas Present, 1986)
  • Ultimo minuto (The Last Minute, 1987)
  • Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze (The Story of Boys and Girls, 1989)
  • Bix (1991)
  • Fratelli e sorelle (Brothers and Sisters, 1991)
  • Dove comincia la notte (1991, directed by Maurizio Zaccaro)
  • Magnificat (1993)
  • Dichiarazioni d'amore (Declarations of Love, 1994)
  • L'amico d'infanzia (The Childhood Friend, 1994)
  • La stanza accanto (Bitter Chamber, also known as The Room Next Door, 1994, directed by Fabrizio Laurenti)
  • Voci notturne (TV serial, 1995, directed by Fabrizio Laurenti)
  • Festival (1996)
  • L'arcano incantatore (The Mysterious Enchanter, 1996)
  • Il testimone dello sposo (The Best Man, 1998)
  • La via degli angeli (A Midsummer Night's Dance, 1999)
  • I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa (The Knights of the Quest, 2001)
  • Il cuore altrove (The Heart Is Elsewhere, also known as The Heart Is Everywhere, 2003)
  • La rivincita di Natale (Christmas Rematch, 2004)
  • Ma quando arrivano le ragazze? (2004)
  • La cena per farli conoscere (2007)
  • Il nascondiglio (The Hideout, 2007)
  • Il papà di Giovanna (Giovanna's father, 2008)

Producer

  • Aiutami a sognare (1981)
  • Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze (1989)
  • Bix (1991)
  • Il Sindaco (The Mayor, directed by Ugo Fabrizio Giordani)
  • Caro domani (1999, directed by Mariantonio Avati, TV series)

Awards and nominations

  • 1979: Golden Spike for Le strelle nel fosso (1979) (Valladolid Int. Film Festival)
  • 1983: Nomination for IFF Award for La casa dalle finestre che ridono (1976) (Fantasporto)
  • 1984: Silver Ribbon for Una gita scolastica (1983) (INS for Journalists)
    • (Best Director and Best Story)
  • 1985: Special Award 'FantaItaly' (Fantafestival)
  • 1986: Special Prize of the Jury for Noi tre (1984) (Istanbul International Film Festival)
  • 1990: Silver Ribbon for Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze (1989) (INS for Journalists)
    • (Best Director and Best Screenplay)
  • 1990: David for Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze (1989) (David di Donatello Awards)
    • (Best Screenplay)
  • 1991: Nomination for Golden Palm for Bix (1991) (Cannes Film Festival)[1]
  • 1993: Nomination for Golden Palm for Magnificat (1993) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • 1995: Luchino Visconti Award (David di Donatello Awards)
  • 1997: Silver Ribbon for Festival (1996/I) (INS for Journalists)
    • (Best Producer)
  • 1998: Jury's Choice Award for L'arcano incantatore (1996) (Puchon Int. Fantastic Film Festival)
  • 1998: Silver Raven for L'arcano incantatore (1996) (Brussels Int. Festival of Fantasy Film)
  • 1998: Nomination for Golden Berlin Bear for Il testimone dello sposo (1996) (Berlin Int. Film Festival)
  • 2000: Nomination for Silver Ribbon for La via degli angeli (1999) (INS for Journalists)
    • Best Screenplay
  • 2000: Best Screenplay for La via degli angeli (1999) (Montreal World Film Festival)
  • 2000: Grand Prix des Amériques for La via degli angeli (1999) (Montreal World Film Festival)
  • 2003: Nominations for Il cuore altrove (2003) (INS for Journalists)
    • (Best Director and Best Original Story)
  • 2003: Nomination for Golden Palm for Il cuore altrove (2003) (Cannes Film Festival)[2]
  • 2003: David for Il cuore altrove (2003) (David di Donatello Awards)
    • (Best Director)
  • 2004: Nomination for David for La rivincita di Natale (2004) (David di Donatello Awards)
    • (Best Director)
  • 2008: Little Golden Lion for Il papà di Giovanna (2008) (Venice Film Festival)

See also

References

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