Today the secret life for all of us passes, inevitably, through our cell phones. Smartphones have become a fundamental object, perhaps the only one that we always carry with us, it’s become, as we say in the movie, our ‘black box’. It all came about from some reflections, a sort of short circuit so I started to write with the other screenwriters (Rolando Ravello, Paolo Costella, Filippo Bologna and Paola Mammini). The story poured out, the time was right and the ideas were plentiful.
PERFECT STRANGERS is a movie where nothing is what it seems, where each person can tell their own experiences, can establish the confines between right and wrong, correct and incorrect, disreputable or not, speaking of secret lives, of that which we cannot or do not want to tell.
In the field of advertising he directed more than 300 commercials, winning numerous domestic and international awards. Among these are: Tim, Tre, McDonalds, Buitoni, Algida, Findus, Corriere della sera, Rai, Perlana, Q8, FIAT Kelloggs, Renault, Citroen, Coop, National Geographic, Motta, Vitasnella, Cirio, Birra Moretti, Vanity Fair, Repubblica, Ferrarelle, Universal Studios, Lasonil, Volkswagen, Alleanza and Alpitour.
In 2003 he was elected best advertising director of the year by a panel nominated by magazines in the field.
With respect to movie-making, in 2001, together with Luca Miniero he wrote and directed the movie INCANTESIMO NAPOLETANO which was awarded a David di Donatello and two Golden Globes. Working again with Miniero, in 2003, he wrote and directed NESSUN MESSAGGIO IN SEGRETARIA with Carlo Delle Piane, Pierfrancesco Favino and Valerio Mastandrea. In 2006, he turned his attention to VIAGGIO IN ITALIA with Licia Maglietta and Antonio Catania, an interesting experiment of a movie “in pills”, broadcast in 20 micro-episodes by Rai Tre "Ballarò" conducted by Giovanni Floris. Three years later, in 2008, he returned to writing and directing with Miniero QUESTA NOTTE È ANCORA NOSTRA with Nicolas Vaporidis. That same year he directed AMICHE MIE, a mini-series for Channel 5 with Margherita Buy, Elena Sofia Ricci, Luisa Ranieri and Cecilia Dazzi.
In 2010 Genovese began a particularly fruitful period, making highly successful comedies each year: LA BANDA DEI BABBI NATALE (2010), IMMATURI (2011) and IMMATURI – IL VIAGGIO (2012).
In 2012 he made UNA FAMIGLIA PERFETTA with Sergio Castellitto, Claudia Gerini and Marco Giallini, which, in addition to winning the Ciak d’oro for the best comedy, received awards from numerous international festivals and was a candidate for the David di Donatello, the Nastri d’Argento and the Golden Globes.
In 2013 he wrote and directed TUTTA COLPA DI FREUD with Marco Giallini and Anna Foglietta, which was highly successful and acclaimed by the critics.
In 2014 he wrote and directed the comedy SEI MAI STATA SULLA LUNA?
2015 SEI MAI STATA SULLA LUNA?
2014 TUTTA COLPA DI FREUD
2012 UNA FAMIGLIA PERFETTA
2012 IMMATURI - IL VIAGGIO
2010 LA BANDA DEI BABBI NATALE
2008 QUESTA NOTTE È ANCORA NOSTRA
2005 NESSUN MESSAGGIO IN SEGRETERIA
2002 COPPIA (O LE MISURE DELL'AMORE), short
2002 INCANTESIMO NAPOLETANO
1999 PICCOLE COSE DI VALORE NON QUANTIFICABILE, short
1998 LA SCOPERTA DI WALTER, short
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Paolo Genovese
Written by: Filippo Bologna, Paolo Costella, Paolo Genovese, Paola Mammini, Rolando Ravello
Produced by: Giampaolo Letta, Marco Belardi
Cinematography: Paolo Genovese
Editing: Consuela Catucci
Production Design: Chiara Balducci
Costume Design: Grazia Materia, Camilla Guiliani
Make-Up & Hair: Bruno Tarallo, Fabrizio Nanni
Original Score: Maurizio Filardo
Sound Design: Umberto Montesanti
Main Cast: Giuseppe Battiston (Peppe), Anna Foglietta (Carlotta), Marco Giallini (Rocco), Edoardo Leo (Cosimo), Valerio Mastandrea (Lele), Kasia Smutniak (Eva), Alba Rohrwacher (Bianca)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2016