Gianluca Sodaro

Gianluca was born in Sicily on Christmas Eve. He is a graduate of Milan’s Academy of Fine Arts and Design (NABA) and has worked in film and advertising. Gianluca's first feature film Cuore scatenato (Raging Heart), which he co-wrote and directed, had its US premiere at the International Miami Film Festival in 2004 and received the award for the “Best Cinematography” at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) in 2008. His most important short films to date are The Paladins of The Holy Providence and The Voice of My Beloved!. They have both been shown and won awards at a large number of festivals including Uppsala, Tampere, Palm Springs, Annecy, Huesca, Metz, Brisbane, Locarno, Stockholm, Turin and Berlin, to name just a few. Gianluca worked as copywriter and TV commercial director in the Creative Department of Fox Channels Italy for three years, winning 3 Gold Awards, 2 Silver Awards and receiving 2 nominations at Promax BDA World and Europe.

Until now his last short film God's Got His Head in the Clouds has been shown in over 30 International Film Festivals all over the world. The American composer Angelo Badalamenti, with whom Sodaro has started a collaboration, made the original music. The short film has received the Award for the "Best Cinematography" at the Byron Bay International Film Festival (2014) in Australia and the "Grand Jury Prize" at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Florida, the "Best Audience Award" and the 2nd Award as "Best Short Film" at the Knoxville International Film Festival (2014) in Teneessee, the "Best Director Award" at the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City (2014) and the "Best Narrative Short" at the Sonoma International Film Festival (2015) in California. Gianluca adores the sound of cicadas.

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 


Recent Reviews

God's Got His Head in the Clouds

"What is the difference between Io and Dio? she asked. "What?" the priest replies cautiously. "One letter - D." Existential questions and doubts - often relegated to specific compartments of...

God's Got His Head in the Clouds

the girl is right_and i think the priest knows it