Paolo Sorrentino
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Sorrentino is a hotter property than ever, having written and directed hit 2016 English-language TV series “The Young Pope,” toplining Jude Law, and won the foreign-language Oscar in 2014 for “The Great Beauty.” 

One of the few continental European directors who regularly work with A-list English-language actors, the 46-year-old auteur has developed a distinctive filmmaking style characterized by non-naturalistic narratives, kinetic visuals and a signature satirical streak present throughout his seven feature films and also in “Pope,” which is a rare case of a non-British European skein with a substantial U.S. fan base.

Born and raised in Naples but now based in Rome, Sorrentino brought a breath of fresh air to Italy’s static cinema scene with his first feature, “One Man Up,” which bowed in Venice in 2001. His six subsequent films have all launched from the Cannes competition section, a rare feat. Of these, “Il Divo,” a pop portrayal of Italy’s seven-time former prime minister Giulio Andreotti, impressed fest juror Sean Penn and led to their collaboration in “This Must Be the Place,” Sorrentino’s first English-language film. 

He has since worked with, among others, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel on “Youth,” and with Diane Keaton on “Pope,” her first recurring role in a TV series. and then there’s Law, of course. “Pope,” which made a splash in the U.S. on HBO, has been sold around the world.

Sorrentino’s next project is “Loro,” an Italian-language biopic about mogul Silvio Berlusconi. He’s at work as well on “The New Pope,” a sequel series of sorts to “Young Pope” that will focus on a new character.




  • University of Naples (Italy)

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  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Sharon Stone, Marilyn Manson to Appear in Paolo Sorrentino's 'The New Pope' (EXCLUSIVE)

Sharon Stone, Marilyn Manson to Appear in Paolo Sorrentino's 'The New Pope' (EXCLUSIVE)

HBO has released images of provocative rocker Marilyn Manson and actress Sharon Stone appearing in "The New Pope," Paolo Sorrentino's follow-up to his previous series "The Young Pope."Both Manson and Stone are known to have been big fans of both "The Young Pope" and director Sorrentino. No details of their roles are being divulged. The photo of Manson suggests that the rocker will be playing a character not too different from his regular public persona. Both he and Stone are...


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