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Gabriele Salvatores is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter Italien born on 30 july 1950 at Naples (Italie)

Gabriele Salvatores

Gabriele Salvatores
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Nationality Italie
Birth 30 july 1950 (73 years) at Naples (Italie)

Gabriele Salvatores (born 30 July 1950) is an Italian Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter.


Born in Naples, Salvatores debuted as a theatre director in 1972, founding in Milan the Teatro dell'Elfo, for which he directed several avant-garde pieces until 1989.

In that year, he directed his first feature film, Marrakech Express, which was followed in 1990 by Turné. Both films shared a group of actor-friends, including Diego Abatantuono and Fabrizio Bentivoglio, who will be present in many of his later movies. Turné was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.

In 1991, Salvatores received great international praise for Mediterraneo, which won an Academy Award as best foreign film. It also won three David di Donatello, the most important award for Italian cinema, and a Silver Ribbon.

In 1992, he released Puerto Escondido, from the eponymous novel by Pino Cacucci, in which Abatantuono and Bentivoglio were joined by another standard actor for Salvatores, Claudio Bisio. The following year he directed Sud, featuring Silvio Orlando, an attempt to denounce the political and social situation of the Mezzogiorno of Italy seen from the point of view of the unemployed and those at the margins of society.

The main themes of Salvatores' screenplays are escape from a reality that cannot be accepted or understood, nostalgia for friends, and voyages that never end. A new experimental period, however, started in 1997 with Nirvana, a science fiction/cyberpunk attempt which received mixed reviews. This was followed by the surreal Denti (Teeth, 2000), and Amnèsia (2002). Both featured Sergio Rubini.

A good success was Io non ho paura of 2003, from the Niccolò Ammaniti novel. In 2005 he directed the noir Quo Vadis, Baby?. His 2008 film As God Commands was entered into the 31st Moscow International Film Festival.

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Filmography of Gabriele Salvatores (17 films)

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Italy in a Day, 1h15
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Genres Documentary
Actors Gabriele Salvatores
Roles Se stesso
Rating72% 3.604443.604443.604443.604443.60444


The Invisible Boy, 1h40
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Origin France
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Superhero films, Films about school violence, Invisibilité
Actors Valeria Golino, Hristo Zhivkov, Ksenia Rappoport, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Vernon Dobtcheff, Aleksei Guskov
Rating62% 3.108773.108773.108773.108773.10877
Un jeune garçon victime de persécutions à l'école se découvre le don de l'invisibilité. Mais ce pouvoir n'est pas inconnu d'un groupuscule russe qui le recherche depuis des années. En même temps, des enfants disparaissent étrangement autour de Micky, le garçon invisible il rencontre alors son père dont il ne connait pas l'existence ....
Siberian Education, 1h50
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors John Malkovich, Eleanor Tomlinson, Peter Stormare
Rating63% 3.165443.165443.165443.165443.16544
Kolyma and Gagarin are two boys in a small village of Transnistria, who are raised by Kolyma's grandfather Kuzja. Kuzja imposes very strict education to the children, focusing on hatred for the Soviets, regarded as enemies. In a robbery by Kolyma and Gagarin, and their friends Mel e Vitalic other boys against Soviets, Gagarin is stopped and arrested. Seven years later he is freed, but he discovers that his world has completely changed, and he does not know how to succeed in solving his problems. Gagarin finally discovers that the ideals of his people have collapsed in the drug trade, and so he comes into this new system, but he ends up in strong contrast with Kolyma.
Siberian Education, 1h30
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors John Malkovich, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Margherita Buy, Valeria Bilello, Eleanor Tomlinson, Fabio De Luigi
Rating66% 3.319433.319433.319433.319433.31943
Ezio is a screenwriter scared by happy endings, who earns his living thanks to an invention of his father. He is going through a creative crisis, until he has a car crash with Anna, who invites him to dinner. Once there, the stories of several characters get interwoven, triggered by the decision of the 16 year-old Filippo, Anna's son, to get married. Dinner's attendees become the characters of Ezio's new screenplay, but they will try to interfere with his work.
Quo Vadis, Baby?, 1h45
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Actors Angela Baraldi, Gigio Alberti, Elio Germano, Serena Grandi, Simone Borrelli
Rating61% 3.089813.089813.089813.089813.08981
Sixteen years after her sister's tragic suicide, a tough female private detective investigates her death.
I'm Not Scared, 1h48
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about children
Actors Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Diego Abatantuono, Dino Abbrescia, Susi Sánchez
Rating73% 3.690883.690883.690883.690883.69088
The action of the film takes place in 1978, in a fictional town called Acqua Traverse in Southern Italy, during the hottest summer of the century and the infamous Years of Lead. A nine-year-old boy named Michele Amitrano (played by Giuseppe Cristiano) and a group of his friends set out on a race across scorched wheat fields to a deserted farmhouse. Michele's sister tags along but falls over, breaking her glasses, and she calls out to Michele, who runs back to her. Michele quickly calms her worries about the glasses, and they continue running. They are the last of the group to arrive at the farmhouse, which means that she and Michele must pay a forfeit. However, the leader of the group, Skull, chooses the only girl in the group apart from Michele's sister to pay up instead. He instructs her to expose herself to the boys, and she looks to the others for help, but they refuse to meet her gaze. She reluctantly and hesitantly begins to take off her clothes, when Michele pipes up that he was the one to arrive last and he should be the one to pay.
Amnesia (2002)
, 2h
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Films about pornography
Actors Diego Abatantuono, Martina Stella, Juanjo Puigcorbé, Rubén Ochandiano, Antonia San Juan, Ian McNeice
Rating60% 3.04193.04193.04193.04193.0419
Several stories unfold simultaneously over three days on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. A man stumbles upon a risky opportunity to become instantly wealthy; a producer of pornographic films tries to rebuild his relationship with his estranged daughter; a police chief and his son maintain an uneasy co-existence; and a woman longs for her lover to be released from prison.
Teeth (2000)
, 1h36
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Actors Anouk Grinberg, Tom Novembre, Anita Caprioli, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Paolo Villaggio, Barbara Cupisti
Rating64% 3.2007353.2007353.2007353.2007353.200735
Anotonio est né avec des dents très longues, ce qui lui vaut d'être rejeté pendant sa jeunesse.
Nirvana (1997)
, 1h53
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action
Themes Films about computing, Jeu, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Anticipation
Actors Christophe Lambert, Diego Abatantuono, Stefania Rocca, Emmanuelle Seigner, Silvio Orlando, Amanda Sandrelli
Rating61% 3.057033.057033.057033.057033.05703
The film tells the story of a virtual reality game designer, Jimi (Christopher Lambert), who discovers that the main character of his game, Solo (Diego Abatantuono), has achieved sentience due to an attack by a computer virus. Asked by his creation (who feels everything the character in the game feels, including multiple deaths) to eliminate its existence, Jimi sets out to erase the game from the server of his employer, Okasama Star, before it's commercially released on Christmas Day, and thus spare Solo further suffering.
South (1993)
, 1h26
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Silvio Orlando, Gigio Alberti, Claudio Bisio, Renato Carpentieri, Antonio Catania, Francesca Neri
Rating64% 3.209463.209463.209463.209463.20946
During a warm springy Sunday afternoon in a small town of South Italy, the opening of the polling place is disrupted by three Italian citizens and one Eritrean, who are unemployed, angry and armed. They threaten to occupy the school designed for the poll. They are unemployed, angry and armed. They start to negotiate with the police, but eventually the four men are forced to leave.
Puerto Escondido, 1h50
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy thriller
Actors Diego Abatantuono, Valeria Golino, Claudio Bisio, Renato Carpentieri, Antonio Catania, Fabrizio Bentivoglio
Rating65% 3.297413.297413.297413.297413.29741
The Bank of Milan: the banker Mario Tozzi is involved in an ambush against him: he is hit by two shots in the bathroom of the building, and as soon as he recovers from convalescence, believing that his assailant intends seriously to kill him, Mario decides to run away from Italy, taking refuge in Mexico. Mario chooses the small and remote land of Puerto Escondido, where he meets two very nice Italians, fled there a long time ago to escape from the frantic life of the city. They are Alex and Anita, which Mario makes friends right away, and he fits in a short time in the life of that place. However, since the money is not there, the three companions try to get away using illegal methods. One night Mario meets in that port his assailant, who is also suffering at the cruel life of the city. In fact, he decides to convert to the peace of Puerto Escondido.