- November 9, 1939
- Bobbio, Italy
Marco Bellocchio born 9 November 1939 is an Italian film director, screenwriter, and actor.
He began studying philosophy in Milan but then decided to enter film school, making his first film, Fists in the Pocket, at the 1965 Festival del film Locarno), funded by family members and shot on the family property, in 1965.
His 2012 film Dormant Beauty was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. On 6 September 2012, Bellocchio condemned the Catholic Church's interference in politics after the premiere of his new controversial film about a high-profile euthanasia case.
The film approaches the topic of euthanasia, and the difficulty setting of legislation on end of life in a country, Italy, which has within its borders Vatican City.
The subject is inspired by Eluana Englaro's case. Following the decision of the jury of the Venice Film Festival, which has ruled the film from the Golden Lion, Bellocchio has expressed strong criticism against President Michael Mann.
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