Pupi Avati

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Bologna-born Giuseppe 'Pupi' Avati gave up veterinary studies to join a jazz band as a clarinetist in the mid-1950s and later left a job in the frozen food industry to enter films in 1964. Forming the A.M.A. production ... Read more »
Born: 11/03/1938 in Bologna, IT

Filmography

Writer (35)

Un ragazzo d'oro 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il cuore grande delle ragazze 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il figlio più piccolo 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gli Amici del bar Margherita 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il Papa di Giovanna 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Cena Per Farli Conoscere 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hideout 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Seconda Notte Di Nozze 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ma Quando Arrivano le Ragazze? 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Christmas Rematch 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Incantato 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Knights of the Quest 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Via degli angeli 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Midsummer Night Dance 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Best Man 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Festival 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Arcane Enchanter 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Declarations of Love 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Childhood Friend 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Magnificat 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brothers and Sisters 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bix 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dove Comincia la Notte 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Story of Boys and Girls 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Story of Boys and Girls 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

We Three 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Last Momemt 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Regalo di Natale 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Festa di Laurea 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Impiegati 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zeder 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Una Gita Scolastica 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Aiutami a sognare 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Macabro 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Padrona e serita 1975 (Movie)

(From Story)
Director (33)

Un ragazzo d'oro 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Il cuore grande delle ragazze 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Il figlio più piccolo 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Una Sconfinata Giovinezza 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Gli Amici del bar Margherita 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Il Papa di Giovanna 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

La Cena Per Farli Conoscere 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hideout 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

La Seconda Notte Di Nozze 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Ma Quando Arrivano le Ragazze? 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Christmas Rematch 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Incantato 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Knights of the Quest 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

La Strelle Nel Fosso 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

La Via degli angeli 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Midsummer Night Dance 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Best Man 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Festival 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Arcane Enchanter 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Declarations of Love 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Childhood Friend 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Magnificat 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Brothers and Sisters 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Bix 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Story of Boys and Girls 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

We Three 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Last Momemt 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Regalo di Natale 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Festa di Laurea 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Impiegati 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Zeder 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Una Gita Scolastica 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Aiutami a sognare 1981 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

Se Sei Così, Ti Dico Sì 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ma Quando Arrivano le Ragazze? 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Il Sindaco 1995 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Biography

Bologna-born Giuseppe 'Pupi' Avati gave up veterinary studies to join a jazz band as a clarinetist in the mid-1950s and later left a job in the frozen food industry to enter films in 1964. Forming the A.M.A. production company with his brother Antonio and Gianni Minervini, Avati went on to direct several award-winning films in his native Italy ("Bordella" 1975, the made-for-TV "Jazz Band" 1978). He also collaborated on the screenplay of Pasolini's last film, the highly controversial "Salo o le 120 Giornate di Sodoma/The 120 Days of Sodom" (1975).

Relationships

Antonio Avati

Brother
in partnership with brother since early 1970s

EDUCATION

University of Florence

did not graduate; studied veterinary science for a year

Milestones

2001

Helmed the English-language medieval epic "Knights of the Quest"

2000

Directed and co-wrote (with brother) "Midsummer Night Dance"

1999

Co-wrote and directed "La Via degli angeli/Up to the Angels"

1997

Directed "The Best Man", Italy's selection for the Best Foreign Film Oscar

1996

Scripted and helmed the horror-themed "L'Arcano Incantore/The Arcane Enchanter"

1994

Second English-language film "The Childhood Friend"

1991

Made first English-language film "Bix", about jazz great Bix Beiderbecke

1989

Directed and wrote the semi-autobiographical "Storia di ragazzi e de ragazze/The Story of Boys and Girls" (released theatrically in the USA in 1991)

1986

Wrote and directed "Hamburger Serenada", a show in 12 episodes, in collaboration with Gianni Cavina and Antonio Avati

1984

Formed new production company, Duea Films, with brother Antonio

1980

Produced first film, Lamberto Bava's "Macabro" (also wrote screenplay)

1976

Formed A.M.A. Production company with brother Antonio and Gianni Minervini

1975

Collabroated on screenplay of Pasolini's "Salo o Le 120 Giornate di Sodoma/Salo or The 120 Days of Sodom"

1968

Left frozen food job and first worked on a film with "Balsamus, L'Uomo Di Satana/Blood Relations"

1965

Put together a theater piece for A.R.C.I. In Bologna

1964

First involved in show business

1964

Worked for a frozen food company (date approximate)

1956

Joined the Rheno Jazz Band as a clarinet player and toured Europe until 1964

Bonus Trivia

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Avati has also written and directed commercials for such companies as Renault, Olivetti, Televideo as well as for La Cassa Di Risparmio.

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