An intelligent and witty filmmaker, Nanni Moretti has long been popular in Italy. In recent years, he's also become better known internationally, thanks to films like La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) and Caro Diario (Dear Diary). As well as making films, Moretti also takes an active part in leftwing politics and several of his films have dealt with the Italian left's ongoing identity crisis.
In 1976, the young Nanni Moretti sold his stamp collection in order to fund his first full length film, Io sono un autarchico, which was shot on Super 8 film and shown in cinema clubs and art houses. His second film, Ecce Bombo, was made two years later on 35mm, and became a cult classic in Italy.
Palombella Rossa (1989) drew on Moretti's experiences as a waterpolo player in order to draw an allegory with the loss of identity suffered by the political left during the eighties. It was his next film, 1993's Caro Diario, which saw him finally achieve international recognition. He followed this up with Aprile and then La Stanza del Figlio, in which he played a psychiatrist coping with his son's accidental death. La Stanza del Figlio won the 2001 Palme d'Or at Cannes.
Moretti's 2006 film, Il Caimano, is a satire based on Berlusconi's Italy. It was released in Italy two weeks before the election that saw Romano Prodi oust Berlusconi – temporarily – from power, and some people credited it with helping Prodi to achieve his narrow victory.
Nanni Moretti lives in Rome, where he has a part ownership of the Nuovo Sacher cinema (which regularly shows English language films with Italian subtitles, rather than the usual Italian-dubbed versions). The cinema, like his production company Sacher Film, is named after a type of Austrian chocolate cake called sacher torte.
He is currently working on a new film, Habemus Papum, about a newly elected pope who turns to therapy.
- Il caimano (The Caiman) 2006
- La stanza del figlio (The Son's Room) 2001
- Aprile 1998
- Caro diario 1993
- Palombella rossa 1989
- La messa è finita (The Mass Has Ended) 1985
- Bianca 1984
- Sogni d'oro (Sweet Dreams) 1981
- Ecce Bombo 1978
- Io sono un autarchico (I am self-sufficient) 1976