Emanuele Crialese (Rome, 1965) studied film direction at New York University, graduating in 1995.
He debuted in 1997 with the feature film Once We Were Strangers, selected for the Sundance Film Festival.
In 2002 his second film, Respiro, won the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes and was nominated for a César and European Film Award: among the best-selling Italian films of the decade, it was highly successful all around the world.
In 2006 he directed Nuovomondo (Golden Door), winning the Silver Lion for Revelation at the 63rd Venice Film Festival. It garnered multiple international acknowledgements, it was again nominated at the EFAs and was presented in the US by Martin Scorsese.
In 2011 he returned to Venice with Terraferma, winning the Special Jury Award and the Pasinetti Prize.
L’Immensità is his fifth feature film, in competition at the 79th Venice International Film Festival.