Marco Risi

Marco Risi (born 4 June 1951) is an Italian film director, screenwriter, film producer and cinematographer.

Marco Risi
Born (1951-06-04) 4 June 1951
Milan, Italy
Occupationdirector, screenwriter, film producer
RelativesDino Risi (father)
Nelo Risi (uncle)

Born in Milan, he is son of director Dino Risi. After graduating from Liceo Scientifico, Risi joined the faculty of philosophy, but abandoned his studies after two years.[1] He began his career as an assistant of his uncle, Nelo Risi, for A Season in Hell (1971) and thereafter for directors such as Duccio Tessari, Steno, Alberto Sordi.[2] He also collaborated with some scripts for films directed by his father.[3] He made his directorial debut in 1977, with the RAI television documentary Appunti su Hollywood.[3] After three quite successful comedy films, since 1987 Risi's cinema focused into more complex social and political issues, such as the military service seen as a traumatic experience (Soldati - 365 all'alba), the juvenile delinquency in and out of prison (Mery per sempre and Ragazzi fuori), the crash of Itavia Flight 870 (Il muro di Gomma), the gang rape phenomenon (Il branco) and the murder of journalist Giancarlo Siani (Fort Apache Napoli).[3]

In 1989 Risi's Mery per sempre won the Special Grand Prize of the Jury at the Montréal World Film Festival. For his 1990 film Ragazzi fuori Risi won the David di Donatello Award for Best Director and a Silver Osella for Best Cinematography at the 47th Venice International Film Festival.[4]

In 1991 Risi started, together with Maurizio Tedesco, a film production company, "Sorpasso Film".[5] In 1998 he won the Nastro d'Argento for Best Producer for Ferzan Özpetek's Hamam.[4]



  1. Marie-George Gervasoni. Mostra internazionale del cinema. Biennale di Venezia, 1990.
  2. Mario Sesti. Nuovo cinema italiano: gli autori, i film, le idee. Theoria, 1994. ISBN 882410388X.
  3. Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I Registi. Gremese Editore, 2002. ISBN 8884401712.
  4. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.
  5. Mario Sesti. La "scuola" italiana: storia, strutture, e immaginario di un altro cinema, 1988–1996. Marsilio, 1996. ISBN 8831764772.
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