Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald

Born in New York, Michael grew up in a well-read family and received a valuable literary education from his father, Robert Fitzgerald, who was a renowned poet and Greek translator.These influences were to become evident later on in his career.After graduating from Harvard, he studied screenwriting in Rome and wrote the script for Wise Blood, an adaptation of the homonymous novel by the American author Flannery O*@@*Connor. Hethen showed his script to John Huston, who promised to direct it if Fitzgerald could raise the cash, which he managed to do in 1979. This was the first film they made together, but the winning formula was to be repeated with Under the Volcano (1984), for which Albert Finney received an Oscar nomination.Since then, Fitzgerald has established himself as one of the bolder independent producers ofour day, whose insightfulness has prompted him to take on unconventional stories told by directors like Bertrand Tavernier, Nae Caranfil and Sean Penn, who directed The Pledge, a film in which the hero and antihero never meet and that earned Penn a Palme d’Or nomination for Best Director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.