Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (b. November 8, 1931, and September 20, 1929, respectively, both in San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy) are noted Italian film directors and screenwriters. They are brothers, who have always worked together, each directing alternate scenes.
Paolo Taviani’s wife Lina Nerli Taviani has been costume designer of many of their films.
At the Cannes Film Festival the Taviani brothers won Palme d’Or and the FIPRESCI prize for Padre padrone in 1977 and Grand Prix du Jury for La notte di San Lorenzo in 1982.
They started their career as journalists. In 1960 they came to the world of cinema directing, with Joris Ivens the documentary L’Italia non è un paese povero (Italy is not a poor country), and they went on, directing with Valentino Orsini two films Un uomo da bruciare (1962) and I fuorilegge del matrimonio (1963).
Their first autonomous film was I sovversivi (The Subversive… read more