Giuseppe Tornatore is an Italian director and screenwriter born on 27th May 1956 and raised in Bagheria, Italy. He started his career as a freelance still photographer. He moved on to directing plays and then to directing television shows. He made his debut with Le Minoranze Etniche in Sicilia, a documentary film that won the Salerno Festival Prize.
He made his first full-length film in 1985 with ‘II Camorrista’. For his effort, he won the Silver Ribbon for Best New Director from Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists. It was his second film ‘Cinema Paradiso’ in 1988 that made him an internationally-acclaimed director by winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film. It also bagged five BAFTA Awards and several more awards.
He directed several films including Stano tutti bene (1990), La Domenica specialmente (1991) and Lumo delle stele (1995). He won a Golden Swann Award at Cabourg Romantic Film Festival for ‘Malena’ (2000). In 2007, he won the Silver George Award for Best Director at 29th Moscow International Film Festival for the movie The Unknown Woman (2006). In 2013, he was back directing the movie The Best Offer and currently he is working on the sets of The Correspondence.