Kim Rossi Stuart was born in Rome. His father, Giacomo, was also an actor. His mother was a former top model. He began acting at the age of 5. He studied theatre and in 1986 began acting regularly, especially on TV productions like Fantaghirò series and for the cinema with a small role in The Name of the Rose. He reached popularity with Il Ragazzo dal Kimono d’oro and in the film Poliziotti (“Policemen”). After this commercial film he began to act only in quality films, like Senza pelle, where his role, a man with psychological problems, was appreciated by critics. Then he acted with director Antonioni in Al di là delle nuvole and played Julien Sorel in the French TV-series Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black) in 1997, based upon the famous book of the same title by Stendhal. Rossi Stuart came back to act in the theatre with Re Lear and with the most important Italian actors, like Turi Ferro in the work Il visitatore. In 2004, he played in Le Chiavi di Casa (“The Keys to the House”), as a young father that attempts to forge a relationship with his teenage, handicapped son when he met him for the first time. Later he played Mimmo in the TV-film Il tunnel della libertà (2004) and he had one of the leading-roles (Freddo) in Michele Placido’s Romanzo Criminale (2005, based on the book, English title Crime Novel). Rossi Stuart wrote the screenplay, directed and acted in the film Anche libero va bene (“Along the Ridge”) released in 2006. It was followed by Piano, solo (2007), a film based on the life of Italian jazz great Luca Flores, with Rossi Stuart playing Flores. Kim’s latest film Vallanzasca – Gli Angeli Del Male, based on the life of Renato Vallanzasca, a famous 1970s Italian gangster, was released in Italy in January 2011 and opens in Germany in February
ANGELS OF EVIL (Vallanzasca – Gli Angeli del male) Directed by Michele Placido – 125’
Set in Italy in the 1970s, Vallanzasca is the true story of the Italian underworld’s most infamous outlaw. A criminal by age 9, Renato Vallanzasca would grow up to become the country’s most notorious mobster before the age of 27. While Vallanzasca lived by his own professional code of honor – he claimed that he never ‘shot anyone in the back’ –he and his gang took out their enemies and wrested control of the Milan underworld with a string of high profile robberies, kidnappings and murders. In the process, he captivated a celebrity starved public and earned the nickname ‘il bel Renè’ –for his devilish charm and handsome face. Arrested multiple times, his daring escapes from prison enraged the government, angered his rivals and fed his legend.