Giorgio Pasotti (born 22 June 1973) is an Italian actor and former martial arts athlete.
Born in Bergamo, Pasotti started performing martial arts at very young age, practicing karate and kobudo and becoming European and World champion of wushu. A five languages speaker, between 1994 and 1996 he lived in China, where, while studying at the Beijing Sport University, he made his film debut in American Shaolin and appeared in several other martial arts films. Back in Italy, Pasotti continued his film career appearing in art films, blockbusters, television series and commercials. In 2005 he was appointed Shooting Star at the Berlin International Film Festival. The same year, he was nominated at David di Donatello for Best Actor for his performance in After Midnight.
In 1990 Alessandro D’Alatri cast her in a small role for the movie Red American. In 1993 she appeared in the comedy Anche i commercialisti hanno un’anima’ alongside Enrico Montesano and Renato Pozzetto, Il giudice ragazzino with Giulio Scarpati and in Marco Ferreri’s Diario di un vizio. The following year she had a breakthrough role in The Beautiful Life by Paolo Virzì, which won her the Silver Ribbon for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress. During the following years he has been involved in the movie Ricky Tognazzi and continues to appear in good comedies, such as Ferie d’agosto always of Virzì and Return to Home Gori of Alessandro Benvenuti. He conducted Sanremo Festival 1996 along with Pippo Baudo and Valeria Mazza. Two years later, he has been co-starred in the dramatic film You Laughter and the comedy Francesco Nuti. She later also worked in theater in some productions of Garinei and Giovannini comedies, including Rugantino and Let’s Try More and made appearances in some television comedies. In 2000, she modeled for a Max calendar, which has sold over 1 million copies. On 24 June 2001, to celebrate the scudetto for A.S. Roma, she performed a dance at Circus Maximus in front of hundreds of thousands of fans. She had a lead role in the controversial 2003 film The Water … the Fire by Luciano Emmer which debuted at the Venice Film Festival. She later participated in several Italian Christmas comedies known as “cinepanettoni”: Christmas in Love, Christmas in New York, Christmas in Beverly Hills and Christmas Holiday to Cortina. She defended her work in less serious films by saying, “How do you call them? Cinepanettoni? Well, then I’m happy to be associated with it because I love panettons, turrus and pandora.” In 2008, she appeared in Virzì’s Your Whole Life Ahead of You, once again winning the Silver Ribbon. In 2013, she was chosen as a judge in the twelfth edition of Friends of Maria De Filippi and also appeared in the subsequent season. In the same year, she starred in Eros Puglielli’ TV series We Kiss Our Hands – Palermo New York 1958 on Canale 5, and was chosen as the opening presenter of the Roma Film Festival. Her 2013 performance as one of the protagonists in The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino helped the film to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film Best Foreign Film on March 2, 2014. In December 2014, she debuted on the new Agon Channel with the talk show Contratto with Luca Zanforlin. On 11 April 2015, she appeared in the fourteenth edition of “Amici di Maria De Filippi” with Francesco Renga and Loredana Bertè. In 2015, she starred with Margherita Buy in Io e lei by Maria Sole Tognazzi, a lesbian retelling of Edouard Molinaro’s Il vizietto. The actress said she was very happy to have participated in a movie like this: “In a bigoted country like ours “Me and Her” can be important because it is a story that is not scary, to divide. I like to call it a homosexual story because the point of strength of this relationship is not gender, but feelings.” She was awarded a Golden Ciak at Best Actress for the film and was nominated for the David of Donatello for Best Actress Starring David of Donatello and Silver Ribbon for Best Actress Starring. Beginning 2 April 2016, she was again in the jury of the 15th edition of “Amici di Maria De Filippi” with Anna Oxa and Loredana Bertè.
Carlo Verdone was born in Rome to Mario Verdone, an important Italian film critic and academic, and studied at the Italian Liceo classico in Rome, having the future actor Christian De Sica as his deskmate. Subsequently, Verdone earned a degree in Modern Literature at Sapienza University of Rome, the same University where his father taught, and a degree in Film Direction at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. During the 1970s he started a television career highlighting his varied comic style, acting as well in some ads in the Carosello show and he started to introduce his characters on television in 1978 in the popular comedy series “Non Stop”.
Verdone made his debut as a director in 1980 with the movie Un sacco bello, in which he played three different characters. He used the same formula of the first work in 1981, when he directed Bianco, rosso e Verdone, a funny movie about three different men during election day in Italy. The movie, produced by his mentor Sergio Leone, was a great success in Italy, thanks to his brilliant comic energy and to his odd characters and had the soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone. Another great mentor for Verdone was Alberto Sordi, since according to many Verdone is considered his natural heir. Sordi wrote two Verdone films together: Journey with Papa, directed by Sordi, and Troppo forte, directed by Verdone and co-written as well by Sergio Leone. Carlo Verdone, in a long directing career, has refined very well his style, using very much the typical standard of the commedia all’italiana and paying attention to social themes and to pondering stories. Since the 1990s, he accompanied the comic tones of his work with a less comic register, writing and directing stories more attentive to the issues of modernity, cynicism and the excesses of society. Verdone still maintains a privileged relationship with the canons of the Italian comedy, mixing those canons with a more committed type of movie making. In 1999 he wrote the book “Fatti Coatti”. In 2005 he took part in the Italian blockbuster romantic comedy named Manuale d’amore, and in the sequels named Manuale d’amore 2 – Capitoli successivi (2007) and Manuale d’amore 3 (2011), both directed by Giovanni Veronesi, while in 2013 he starred in Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty. In 2018 he directed Blessed Madness, that has been written for the first time by the director together with Nicola Guaglianone and the cartoonist and screenwriter Menotti.