Paolo Virzì was born in Livorno, Italy in 1964. As a teenager, he threw himself into writing, directing and acting in plays for drama companies. He then shot some short films and a few longer features that have since vanished in the annals of time. He left Livorno for Rome, where he studied screenwriting at the historic Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia film school. Paolo co-wrote with Furio Scarpelli the screenplay for Giuliano Montaldo’s Tempo di uccidere, based on the novel by Ennio Flaiano and starring Nicolas Cage. Between the late 1980s and early 1990s, he also co-wrote the screenplays of Turnè (On Tour) (1990) directed by Gabriele Salvatores, Condominio (1991) directed by Felice Farina and Centro Storico (1982) directed by Roberto Giannarelli. He also worked with the famous Neapolitan writer Raffaele La Capria on a TV movie directed by Alberto Negrin and adapted from the novel Una questione privata (A Private Affair) by Beppe Fenoglio, starring young British actor and star of Room with a View, Rupert Graves.