Giuseppe Tornatoreￂﾠ(born 27 May 1956) is an Italianￂﾠfilm directorￂﾠandￂﾠscreenwriter.
Born inￂﾠBagheriaￂﾠnearￂﾠPalermo, Tornatore developed an interest in acting and the theatre from at least the age of 16 and put on works byￂﾠLuigi PirandelloￂﾠandￂﾠEduardo De Filippo. He worked initially as a freelance photographer. Then, switching to cinema, he made his debut withￂﾠLe minoranze etniche in Siciliaￂﾠ(The Ethnic Minorities in Sicily), a collaborative documentary film which won a Salerno Festival prize. He then worked forￂﾠRAIￂﾠbefore releasing his first full-length film,ￂﾠIl Camorrista, in 1985. This evoked a positive response from audience and critics alike and Tornatore was awarded theￂﾠSilver Ribbonￂﾠforￂﾠbest new director. Tornatore's best known screen work was released in 1988:ￂﾠNuovo Cinema Paradiso, a film narrating the life of a successful film director who has returned to his native town inￂﾠSicilyￂﾠfor the funeral of his mentor. This obtained worldwide success and won anￂﾠAcademy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.ￂﾠSubsequently Tornatore released several other films. In 2007 he won the Silver George for Best Director at theￂﾠ29th Moscow International Film FestivalￂﾠforￂﾠThe Unknown Woman.