Giuseppe Battiston My Favorite Italian Actor

by Marianne Wi

Giuseppe (Beppe) Battiston was born in Udine on the 22 July 1968 and is one of my favorite Italian actors, usually playing the supporting role to perfection. Battiston has 47  films behind him, many seen at International Film Festivals and often released overseas independently. Battiston was first seen outside Italy in Pane e Tulipane, Bread and Tulips directed by Silvio Soldini in 2000, winning him his first David di Donatello, it is fair to say he usually appear on the International Festival Circuit every year, he really is that good. Nominations; there are many David di Donatello’s sadly only two actualy awarded, not enough awards is all I have to say, will he get a third David this year for his superb craw to the crucifixion in La Passione, The Passion?  I really hope so and he should make room for next years David without doubt earned for his role in Notizie dagli sacvi directed by Emidio Greco 2010.

To follow is a very impressive list of films all of which has Battiston acting his socks off :
  • Italia – Germania 4-3 , Italy – Germany 4-3 directed by Andrea Barzini 1990
  • Un’anima divisa in due, A Soul Divided in Two directed by Silvio Soldini 1993
  • Le acrobate, Acrobats directed by Silvio Soldini 1997
  • Il pui lungo giorno directed by Roberto Riviello 1998
  • Cheidi se sono felice, Ask Me If I’m Happy directed by Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo, Massimo Venier 2000
  • Guarda il cieli: Stella, Sonia, Silvia , Watch the Sky: Stella, Sonia, Silvia directed by Piergiorgio Gay 2000
  • Pane e tulipane, Bread and Tulips directed by Silvio Soldini 2000 WON a David di Donatello 
  • La forza del passato, The Power of the Past directed by Gianluca Greco 2002
  • Nemmeno in un sogno directed by Gianluca Greco 2002
  • Un aldo qualunque directted by Dario Migliardi 2002
  • Agata e la tempesta, Agata and the Storm directed by Silvio Soldini 2001   Nominated for a David di Donatello
  • L’uomo perfetto, The Perfect Man directed by Luca Lucini 2005
  • La bestia nel cuore, Don’t Tell  directed by Cristina Comencini 2005  Nominated for the Silver Ribbon
  • La tigre e la neve, The Tiger and the Snow directed by Roberto Benigni 2005
  • Apnea, directed by Roberto Dortit 2005
  • A casa nostra, Our Country directed by Francesca Comencini 2006
  • Non prendere impegni directed by Gianluca Maria Tavarelli 2006
  • Unu si due, One Out of Two directed by Eugenio Cappuccio 2006
  • Giorni e nuvole, Days and Clouds  directed by Silvio Soldini 2007  Nominated for a David di Donatello
  • La giusta distanza, The Right Distance directed by Carlo Mazzacurati 2007 WON Best Actor at the Rome Film Fest and Nominated for the Silver Ribbon
  • La fine del mare directed by Nora Hoppe 2007
  • c, Don’t Think About It  directed by Giannoi Zanasi 2008   WON a David di Donatello and Nominated for the Silver Ribbon
  • Amore, bugie e calcatto, Love, Soccer and Other Catastrophes directed by Luca Lucini  2008
  • Si puo fare, We Can Do That directed by Giulio Manfredonia 2008
  • Cosa voglio di piu,  Come Undone directed by Silvio Soldini 2010
  • La Passione, The Passion directed by Carlo Mazzacurati 2010 Nominated for a David di Donatello ( update 15.05.2011 He WON)
  • Notizie dagli sacvi,  directed by Emidio Greco 2010 YOU NEED THIS FILM AT YOUR FILM FESTIVAL
  • Figli delle stelle, Children of the stars directed by Lucio Pellegrini 2010
  • Senza arte ne’ parte, Make a Fake directed by Giovanni Albanese 2011 out in Italy on the 6th May 2011 , just cannot wait. WON “Le ciliegie d’oro del Cinema Italiano” at Le Cesera Palombara
  • Bar Sport, The Sports Bar directed by Massimo Martelli it is in post production and will be released as and when its ready.
  • Il comandante e la cicogna, The Commander and the Stork directed by Silvio Soldini is also in post production and will sadly not be released before 2012

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