Since his debut, he has been distinguished by a rigorous style and the capability to interpret the decadence of 1980’s Italy through his strong, original and eccentric characters. Coming from the world of scriptwriting – in 1997 he won the Solinas Prize for Dragoncelli di fuoco and in 1998 he wrote the script for Polvere di Napoli together with the director Antonio Capuano – Sorrentino launched his directing career with L’uomo in più (One Man Up) in 2001 that won him the Nastro d’Argento for best debut. In 2004 Le conseguenze dell’amore (The Consequences of Love), presented at the Cannes Film Festival, received many awards, amongst which were five David di Donatello and three Nastri d’Argento. The director returned to Cannes with L’amico di famiglia (The Family Friend) in 2006 and then again in 2008 with Il divo, a broad-minded look at the life of the politician Giulio Andreotti, that won the Prix du Jury. His first novel, Hanno tutti ragione, seen in Italian bookstores since March 2009, published by Feltrinelli and a finalist for the Premio Strega, is a eulogy to the society of consumerism and abuse, whose main character Tony Pagoda is inspired by the memorable Toni Servillo with his reddish-brown hair and his blue shaded Ray-Bans from L’uomo in più.