Born on 30 May 1970 in Naples, Paolo Sorrentino began his career in the film business, co-writing the screenplay for Antonio Capuano's Polvere di Napoli in 1998. This first script will also be the last script he will write for another director. As he wrote and directed his own films afterwards, starting in 2001, when he tries to hit the short (La Notte lunga) and the feature film, L'Uomo in Più, a dramatic comedy in which Toni Servillo plays the main character.
This film marks the beginning of his career as a director, as well as his collaboration with his fetish actor, Toni Servillo, whom he finds four years later for the drama The Consequences of Love. In competition in Cannes in 2004, he won the Grand Prix of the Romantic Film Festival of Cabourg the same year, and reveals him on the international scene. Having become familiar with La Croisette, the director returns to present L'Ami de la famille (2006), then Il Divo (2008), a film with political content, which left him with the Jury Prize.
In 2010, with the comedy Heart Question, he will stage two men becoming friends on a hospital bed. The following year, he created the surprise in Cannes with the film This Must Be the Place, the story of a former rock star a little apart and interpreted by Sean Penn: this film receives the Ecumenical Jury Award. The same year, Paolo Sorrentino also adds a string to his bow as he publishes his first novel, “They are all right”, narrative of an Italian singer aging in full spleen.
In 2013, Paolo Sorrentino is again selected in Cannes for his new film, La Grande Bellezza in which he finds Toni Servillo in the shoes of a disillusioned Roman writer. For what some see as a tribute to the mythical Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, Paolo Sorrentino receives a warm welcome from critics. He won the Oscar as well as the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, ending his international fame.
After the success of La Grande Bellezza, Paolo Sorrentino returned to Cannes in 2015 with Youth, a new English film in which he directed a five-star Hollywood cast consisting of Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda. While the film divides critics, it nevertheless receives a very favorable reception during its presentation to the public.
He has just completed the first season of the series The Young Pope produced by Canal + / Sky / HBO, and is currently writing Season#2.