Gabriele Salvatores was born in Naples on July 30 1950, but soon moved to Milan. After graduating at acting school he founded the stage company 'Teatro dell'Elfo' in 1972, making 21 shows in a decade. He made his break with stage show “A Midsummer Night's Dream” by William Shakespeare, which garnered him the opportunity to direct his first feature by the same name in 1983. His additional film credits of this period are “Kamikazen – Last Night in Milan” (1988), “Marrakech Express” (1989), “Tumè” (1990) and last but not least “Mediterraneo” (1991) which garnered him international acclaim winning him an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film as well as three David di Donatello Awards (Best Film, Best Editing, Best Score) as well as a Nastro D’Argento for best direction.
In his films he likes to mix genres and narrative style: from “I'm Not Scared” (2003) - Golden Globe award for Best Director and a 'David di Donatello' (Giovani) - to “As God Commands” (2008), “Siberian Education" (2013); in “Nirvana” (1997) he combined sci-fi and Italian comedy while "Italy in a Day" (2014, his first documentary) is an experiment of cinema ensemble where he narrates a day in the life of Italians from their point of view. He took inspiration from a Ridley Scott idea, selecting a series of "home-made" films out of 44.197 videos from across the nation, editing them in one film which was presented out of competition at the 71st Mostra del Cinema di Venezia
After reaching the 35 year landmark of his career, Salvatores decided to challenge the topics that he had dealt with for decades from a different perspective: youth discomfort, masculine friendship marked by frailty, the refusal of the world and society as we know it, the need for escapism, the desire for adventure and beauty, in fact, gave life to “The Invisible Boy” in 2014, whose sequel is being developed. The story mixes various elements from comic myths, like Superman the X-Men, Spider Man and Batman. For the film He garnered a David di Donatello nomination (2015 – David Giovani), won a European Film Awards (2015 - Young Audience Award) and a Golden Ciak Awards (2015). In the second episode of the franchise we will see a grown up Michele (Ludovico Girardello) the lead character alongside his mysterious twin sister Natasha.
Salvatores has had a rich and stimulating career and audiences and jurors alike can't wait to listen and learn more about the professional journey of a man who has never stopped developing and putting himself to the test.
Photo Credits: CLAUDIO IANNONE