Francesco Prosperi is an award-winning Italian director and screenwriter. He was born in Rome in 1961 and has directed films since the early 80s. His films have won numerous awards at festivals around the world, including the Venice Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the San Sebastián International Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival.
Prosperi's first feature film, The Biggest Battle, was released in 1983. It was a critically acclaimed drama about a group of Italian soldiers in World War II. The film was a success in Italy and earned Prosperi two David di Donatello awards, Italy's equivalent of the Academy Award. He followed up with more successful films, such as Where the Heart Is (1990), a romantic drama set in the 1940s; The Winter of Our Discontent (1996), a psychological drama about a father and son dealing with grief; and The Best of Youth (2003), a six-hour epic about two brothers and their journey through life.
Prosperi has also directed numerous television films and miniseries, such as The Borgias (1981) and The Broken Hearted (1999). He has also directed episodes of popular Italian television series, such as Montalbano (1993) and Inspector Rex (1999).
Prosperi has been recognized for his work with several awards. He won the Nastro d'Argento for Best Director for The Winter of Our Discontent, and the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival for The Best of Youth. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film for The Best of Youth.
Throughout his career, Prosperi has been praised for his ability to tell stories that are both intimate and epic. He is known for his subtle, naturalistic style of filmmaking, and his films often explore themes of family, love, and loss.