Special Issue #139

Alessandro Bertolazzi


He was born in Vercelli, where he spent his childhood. At the age of 14 he moved with the family in Reggio Emilia, where he attended the art school. Shortly after her age she began her career as a stage designer. The passion for the theatre will take him to work in Rome, where he also begins to dedicate himself to film productions. He moved to Florence with his wife Giovanna and his son Lorenzo. Meanwhile he collaborates with the best Italian directors. His career takes on an international dimension when he begins to deal with make-up and prosthetic makeup for big movie productions first in London and then in the United States. In 2007, he moved to London where he now lives, but Florence remains the place where he always goes back. His works on films such as Babel (2006), Biutiful (2010), J. Edgar (2011), To the Wonder (2012), Skyfall (2012), The Impossible(2012), Fury (2014) and Suicide Squad has earned him numerous awards and nominations. For Suicide Squad, he won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 89th Academy Awards.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

Makeup Designer for work and Makeup Designer for fun.

Make Movie Make People Dream.

What made you leave Italy and chose London?

The Weather
The Bus
The opportunities
The respect

Please share your best memory in the City.

The secret garden, The blue sky

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

Los Angeles the city who give me a lot…
London the city to which I give a lot…
They are complementary.
My outfit, always black is easy to wear and to find and make me less chubby!

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

Maybe it helps to understand how we really are, and what it mean be Italians.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the Italian style/culture abroad?

Maintain it’s own, Italian identity. Respect the identity of other.

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    240 mins

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