Considered one of the most visually audacious and expressionistic Production Designers, Dante Ferretti bridges the gap between great European cinema and Hollywood like no other. He received the Oscar® for Best Achievement in Art Direction in 2004 for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, in 2008 for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Tim Burton, and again in 2012 when he re-teamed with Scorsese for Hugo. Dante has been nominated for the Academy Award on no less than six further occasions, and has been honored on numerous occasions by BAFTA and the Art Directors Guild, winning top honors from both for his work on Hugo.
In his home country of Italy, Dante designed five films by Federico Fellini, including La voce della luna, and City of Women, and five films, including The Decameron and Madea for director Pier Paolo Pasolini. His recent work includes Sergey Bodrov’s epic, “The Seventh Son,” after which he designed “Cinderella” for Disney and director Kenneth Branagh. He is currently working on Martin Scorsese’s latest, “Silence,” filming in Taiwan.
In addition to his film work, Dante has designed stages at some of the world’s largest opera houses, including La Scala in Milan, Opéra Bastille in Paris and the Theatro Colón in Buenes Aires, as well as opera houses in Rome, Turin and Florence. He created stage designs for Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème, among many others.