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You are in: Home > 2005. 53rd Edition  > Awards and Jury Members > Official Selection Jury Members > ENRICO LO VERSO

Italian actor born in Palermo, Sicily in 1964. He spent his entire childhood and teenage years in Syracuse, in the shade of one of the most famous Greek theatres in the world, which may well be why he has been fascinated by classical theatre since a very young age. He studied acting at the Instituto Nazionale Dramma Antico and, a little later, entered the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. In 1988, he landed a small part in Nulla ci può fermare, a film directed by Antonello Grimaldi. Since then, he has combined theatre stages, TV plateaux and film sets. In television he has worked, among others, with Josée Dayan in Les misérables (2000) and Paolo Bianchini on Posso chiamarti amore? (2004).

He landed his first big theatre successes in 1990 with Umberto Marino’s Volevamo essere gli U2, taken to the screen two years later by Andrea Barzini, and with Amos Gitai’s Metamorfosi di una melodia, in 1993. 1992 saw his decisive meeting with Gianni Amelio on the set of Il ladro di bambini, screened at Cannes, where it won the Special Jury Prize. Until then, Lo Verso had been considered as more of a theatre than a movie actor; hence it came as a surprise when Amelio chose him for the part of Antonio, the naïve carabiniero given the task of accompanying two boys from Milan to Sicily. “Enrico Lo Verso cleverly conveyed the character’s innocence”, in the words of the director, who employed his services on another two occasions: Lamerica (1994), a document on illegal immigration premiered at the Venice Mostra, with which Amelio once again won the Félix Award for Best European Film, and Così ridevano, Golden Lion at the Venice Mostra in 1999, in which he plays a young Sicilian who immigrates to Turin in the late 50s.

Lo Verso has also worked with Ettore Scola (Mario, Maria e Mario, 1993); Ricky Tognazzi (La scorta – The Escort, 1993); Gerard Corbiau (Farinelli, 1994); Pasquale Squitieri, on three occasions: Il colore dell’odio (1990), Atto di dolore (1991) and Briganti! (2000); Giovanni Maderna (L’amore imperfetto, 2001); and Vito Zagarrio (Tre giorni di anarchia, 2003). His latest performances were in John Irving’s The Grooming (2004), Josh Evans’ Che (2005), where he plays Fidel Castro alongside Eduardo Noriega, and Alatriste, by Agustín Díaz Yanes (2005), playing the eternal enemy of Alatriste, Gualterio Malatesta.


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