Italian film star Sergio Castellitto president of Jury of 38th MWFF

Friday July 25, 2022

Montreal, July 25, 2022 – Italian film star Sergio Castellitto will be president of the international jury of the of the Montreal World Film Festival it was announced by MWFF president Serge Losique and director. “Italian cinema has given us some of the 7th art’s greatest makers and actors,” declared Mr. Losique, “and Sergio Castellitto is a standard bearer of its tradition. We are honored to have him as our jury president.

Born in Rome in 1953 Castellitto began his career in the theatre after studying at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica, and made his film debut in the early 1980s. An actor whose versatility was apparent early on, Castellito subsequently worked with some of the leading lights of Italian cinema: Mario Monicelli (Rossini! Rossini!, 1991), Marco Ferreri (The Flesh, 1991), Francesca Archibugi (The Great Pumpkin, 1993, for which he won the David di Donatello Award for Best Leading Actor, and With Closed Eyes, 1994), Giuseppe Tornatore (The Star Maker, 1995, Nastro d'argento as Best Leading Actor), Ettore Scola (Unfair Competition, 2001), Gabriele Muccino (The Last Kiss, 2001), Marco Bellocchio (My Mother's Smile, 2002, and The Wedding Director, 2006), Paolo Virzì (Caterina in the Big City, 2004) and Gianni Amelio (The Missing Star, 2006).

Castellitto’s talent was noticed by foreign directors as well and  he appeared in such films as Luc Besson’s The Big Blue (1988) , Jacques Rivette’s Who Knows (2001) and Around a Small Moountain (2009), Sandra Nettlebeck’s Mostly Martha (2001), Paris je t’aime (2006, Isabel Coixet’s segment) and Andrew Adamson’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008).

He made his directorial debut in 1999 with Libero Burro and confirmed his filmmaking talent, especially, in the critical and commercial hit Don’t Move (2004), starring Penelope Cruz from a story by his wife Margaret Mazzantini. He has since followed with two more films which he wrote, directed and starred in, Love & Slaps (2010) and Twice Born (2012).

The 38th Montreal World Film Festival will be held August 21 to September 1, 2014.



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