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Ennio (2024)

Opens on March 29

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore Run Time: 156 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Alessandro Alessandroni, Dario Argento, Ennio Morricone, Fausto Ancillai, Silvano Agosti

Country: Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Japan
Language: Italian, English, French, Portuguese, Chinese with English subtitles

About the film:

World Premiere, 2021 Venice Film Festival

Giuseppe Tornatore, director of the beloved Cinema Paradiso (1988), turns his camera on his longtime collaborator Ennio Morricone (1928–2020) in a moving and comprehensive profile of the indefatigable composer. Tornatore’s documentary portrait explores the breadth of the maestro’s career, from his early Italian pop songs to the fistful of unforgettable film scores that he wrote, including The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966), The Thing (1982), Days of Heaven (1978), and hundreds of others.

“painstakingly detailed, fantastically entertaining”

—Leslie Felperin, The Guardian

This examination thoughtfully captures insightful commentary from Morricone’s closest collaborators and contemporaries, featuring testimonies from artists and directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio, Giuliano Montaldo, Dario Argento, Clint Eastwood, Joan Baez, Quentin Tarantino, and more. Ennio (2022) affords the master one last chance to recount his career and deconstruct the artistic process that led him to win two Academy Awards and author over 500 unforgettable soundtracks.

About the filmmaker:

Giuseppe Tornatore is an Italian screenwriter and director. His most highly acclaimed work is Cinema Paradiso (1988), which earned the Academy Award for Best International Foreign Feature. Tornatore has continued to have a successful career—in 2007 he won the Silver George for Best Director at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival for his film The Unknown Woman (2006). His other acclaimed features include the Cannes prize winner Everybody’s Fine (1990), his first English-language film The Legend of 1900 (1998), the Academy-Award nominated Malèna (2000), Baarìa (2009), which was selected as the opening film of the 66th Venice Film Festival.

Tornatore’s collaboration with Ennio Morricone began when Ennio composed music for Cinema Paradiso in 1988 and continued all 13 of Tornatore’s films until Morricone’s death in 2020.

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