grew up in Rome where his fine body of work in the Italian film industry throughout the 1980s and 90s includes Franco Zeffirelli
's Otello (two Oscar nominations, Cannes main competition, American Critics Award); Claude D'Anna's Salome (Cannes main competition); Lina Wertmuller's Camorra (four Donatello Awards, Berlin Film Fest official entry); Liliana Cavani's Berlin Interior (Donatello Awards, Berlin official selection); Paul Schrader
's The Comfort of Strangers (Cannes official selection); Ivan Passer's Haunted Summer (Venice Film Festival official selection); Jerzy Skolimowski
's Torrents of Spring (Cannes official selection) and Giuseppe Tornatore's Everybody's Fine (Cannes official selection).
Thompson returned to Los Angeles to helm production for Avi Lerner's Millennium Films in 1998. With Millennium, he has produced or co-produced Paul Chart's American Perfekt (Cannes official selection); Susanna Styron's Shadrach (Venice official selection); Rory Kelly's Some Girl (LA Independent Film Festival winner for Best Director); Audrey Wells' Guinevere; George Hickenlooper's Big Brass Ring, as well as Prozac Nation, Nobody's Baby, The Replicant, Try Seventeen, Undisputed and other successful productions.
Currently he is working on Jon Avnet's 88 Minutes, starring Al Pacino; as well as The Wicker Man, a remake of the 70s classic, written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Nicolas Cage.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.
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