Gabriele Muccino

Gabriele Muccino

Born in Rome, he starts his studies at the prestigious Sapienza University of Rome in Italian literature but he drops the University in order to pursue is director career. Gabriele Muccino gained success with films such as L'ultimo bacio (One Last Kiss) and Remember Me, My Love (Ricordati di me). His first on-the-set film experience was volunteering as a director's assistant. This inspired his passion for filmmaking and drove him to take courses on screenwriting and enroll in a directing program at Rome's Experimental Cinematography Institute. Throughout his time there, Muccino created a few short films that were aired on Italian Television. He then began directing several documentaries. Following these accomplishments, Muccino got the opportunity to direct a segment of the Italian film, Intolerance (1996). "Come te nessumo mai" (But Forever in My Mind) was the next film he directed starring his younger brother Silvio Muccino. Muccino's third feature film, "L'ultimo bacio" (The Last Kiss), was directed in 2001 and was his breakthrough that called upon international attention. The film's success led to Muccino signing a two-picture deal with Miramax. His success only continued to grow with his next film, "Ricordati di me" (Remember Me, My Love) in 2003. He is currently making a switch to directing Hollywood films after L'ultimo bacio won the Audience Award for World Cinema at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival bringing him to the attention of the American film industry. Muccino was handpicked by Will Smith to serve as the director of The Pursuit of Happyness. Muccino said in a later interview, "Will had to defend me as a choice to the studio; I could barely speak English and I could barely express my vision. I felt protected and that I could push my ideas even when they weren't totally conventional. The reason why I found respect, and respect for my ideas, was because of Will." Muccino also directed Smith's later film, Seven Pounds. Playing for Keeps was his next big work that featured an very well-known celebrity cast featuring Gerard Butler, Dennis Quaid and Uma Thurman. Muccino's following film Fathers and Daughters also features A-list celebrities such as Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, and Aaron Paul. His latest film, Summertime, is a coming of age story of two Italian teenagers traveling to US for their first time during the summer between high school and college.

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