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Milena Canonero has won three and been nominated for eight Academy Awards. She has also been honored by BAFTA and the Costume Designer’s Guild. Her costume designs for Francis Ford Coppola’s "The Cotton Club" and Sydney Pollack’s "Out of Africa" inspired enduring world fashion trends. Her use of bold comic-strip colors made Warren Beatty’s "Dick Tracy" jump off of the screen. Milena started her career designing the memorable costumes for Stanley Kubrick’s "A Clockwork Orange". He subsequently asked her to do "Barry Lyndon", for which she won her first Academy Award, with Ulla-Britt Soderlund, followed by "The Shining".
Milena’s other Oscars were for Hugh Hudson’s "Chariots of Fire" and Sofia Coppola’s "Marie Antoinette". She also designed the costumes of the Wes Anderson movies "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou", "The Darjeeling Limited", and, most recently, "The Grand Budapest Hotel". Other film credits include "The Godfather Part III", "Ocean’s Twelve", "Midnight Express", "Tucker", "The Hunger", "Damage", "Titus, Solaris", "Love Affair", "Bullworth" and "Carnage" among many others, one of which is the minimalist movie by the then 99 year old great director Manuel De Olivera’s "Belle Toujour".
Milena has branched out into various other art and visual crafts in movies and theatre. She has collaborated on operas at the world famous Vienna State Opera, Palais Garnier in Paris, Milan’s La Scala and New York’s Metropolitan Opera House among others. She was the Production Designer and Costume Designer on Barbet Schroeder’s movie "Single White Female" and Costume Consultant on his "Reversal of Fortune". Milena designed sets and costumes for the Italian stage version of "Amadeus" directed by Roman Polanski.
Milena’s talents also extend well beyond design, as she was also the Associate Producer on the Taviani brothers’ movie "Good Morning Babylon" and she Co-Produced the recently released "Romeo and Juliet" with Producers Ileen Maisel and Laurence Elman. With Elda Ferri she produced Roberto Faenza’s movie "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You", an Italian and American co-production. Also with Elda Ferri, she has just produced Leonardo Guerra-Seragnoli’s "Last Summer" where she was also the Production and Costume Designer.
With Loris Lai, Milena co-directed the Video Clip "Love is Requited", for songwriter Elisa who won the Italian Nastro D’Argento while the video won the 10th edition of the Rome Videoclip Il Cinema Incontra La Musica.
Milena was born in Italy but lived in London for most of her life where she began working in films. Today, Milena travels and works all over the world.
Loris is collaborating with LBI Entertainment on several new projects. LBI has helped develop and manage the careers of many of the industry's leading artists, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Jack White, and many others.
Currently, Loris is working on the development of an eight-episode narrative series with co-writer Benjamin A. LaRiviere. Loris and Benjamin are also writing two feature-length films, On Tour and an untitled project with LBI.
Loris received a Philosophy and Letters degree at the Roman University, Roma Tre, after completing his thesis on the work of Orson Welles and the aesthetics of editing. He then studied experimental filmmaking in Los Angeles at UCLA. Loris' work at UCLA earned him the Henry Luce Fellowship, the Sloan Fellowship in Film Directing and Screenwriting, and the Zaki Gordon Fellowship from which he received an award for excellence in screenwriting.
Loris continued his studies with a full scholarship to The American Film Institute in Los Angeles where he received his MFA in Directing. He wrote and directed his thesis film, April 86.
Born in Rome, Loris Lai was raised in a family that introduced him to the diverse world of artistic expression at a very early age. By the age of five, he had begun training in classical piano, studying it for many years. As a young man, Loris' passion for music coupled with his desire to create and communicate on a broader scale led him to pursue the visual arts. Filmmaking immediately became a vital part of his life, harmonizing the bridge between music and film he had been seeking.
His latest music video "Green Eyed Monster" was inspired by the love scene in Michelangelo Antonioni's psychedelic cult favorite Zabriskie Point. The video was actually filmed in the same location as the film - Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, CA.
Amongst his many other music videos, "Love is Requited" by Academy Award nominee Elisa was conceived with Academy Award winner Milena Canonero. "Love is Requited" was featured in the movie Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You, the post-production for which was supervised by Loris and Milena. The song won the Nastro D'Argento for songwriter Elisa, and the video won the 10th edition of the Rome Videoclip Il Cinema Incontra La Musica.
Loris recently directed an animated short movie for Tokidoki featuring fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld and his cat. His next animated project with Tokidoki will be for the A.S.Roma soccer team.
Loris is in development on a new feature film, Roll, co-written with Dalhia Heyman and produced by Chay Carter (Argo).