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Floria Sigismondi

Floria Sigismondi

Canadian artist
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Canadian artist
Countries Canada
Occupations Film director Photographer Screenwriter Music video director
Gender female
Birth January 1, 1965 (Pescara, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy)
Residence Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Spouse: Lillian Berlin
Education OCAD University
The details

Floria Sigismondi is an Italian-Canadian photographer and director.

She is best known for writing and directing The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as well as directing music videos for Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, The White Stripes, David Bowie, Pink, Marilyn Manson, Katy Perry, Björk, The Cure, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Fiona Apple, Sigur Rós, Muse, Interpol, Leonard Cohen, The Dead Weather, Alice Glass and Perfume Genius, as well as commercials for Gucci, MAC, Target, Samsung, Absolut Vodka, Old Navy, Motorola, Adidas, Thierry Mugler and Eaton's.

Life and career

Sigismondi was born in Pescara, Pescara, Italy. Her parents, Lina and Domenico Sigismondi, were opera singers. Her family, including her sister Antonella, moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada when she was two. In her childhood she became obsessed by drawing and painting. Later, from 1987 she studied painting and illustration at the Ontario College of Art, today's Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU). When she took a photography course, she became obsessed once more, and graduated with a photography major.

Floria Sigismondi started a career as a fashion photographer. She came to directing music videos when she was approached by the production company The Revolver Film Co., and directed music videos for a number of Canadian bands. Her very innovative, but also very disturbing video works, located in sceneries she once described as "entropic underworlds inhabited by tortured souls and omnipotent beings," attracted a number of very prominent musicians. Sigismondi is currently represented for Music Videos by the production company Black Dog/RSA Films in Los Angeles, CA (US representation) and by Believe Media for Commercials.

With her photography and sculpture installations she had solo exhibitions in Hamilton and Toronto, New York City, Brescia, Italy, Gothenburg, Sweden and London. Her photographs also were included in numerous group exhibitions, together with artists such as Cindy Sherman, Joel-Peter Witkin, and Francesco Clemente. The German art press Die Gestalten Verlag has published two monographs of her photography, Redemption (1999) and Immune (2005).

In October 2004 she gave birth to a daughter, Tosca Vera Sigismondi-Berlin. Sigismondi resides in Toronto, New York City, and Los Angeles. Her daughter is named after the Italian opera Tosca. Floria herself was named after the main character.

Floria appears in the Canadian documentary films Flicker and Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment. Floria is a two time MVPA winner of director of the year in 2006 and 2013. In 2013 Floria's directed video for Justin Timberlake "Mirrors" won video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Film project

Sigismondi's first feature-length film is The Runaways, a period piece about the 1970s all-girl rock and roll band The Runaways. The film is largely about the relationship between Joan Jett (played by Kristen Stewart in the film) and Cherie Currie (played by Dakota Fanning). Sigismondi wrote the screenplay based on Currie's book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. The film premiered in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival and was released in Canada and the United States in March 2010. In 2018 Sigismondi signed on to direct the Steven Spielberg produced The Turning starring Finn Wolfhard and Brooklyn Prince.

In an interview with Exclaim!, Sigismondi said "I went in and said I didn't want to make this a straight-up biography. I want to make this a coming of age, because that's what's so interesting about them. And if you want to compare them to anybody else, that's what makes them so special, is how young they were, and that they were all female. So those kinds of things really resonated with me." Her next feature film project is directing Alejandro Jodorowsky's Bouncer, and she is currently in development on a dark comedy titled Dave.


  • Postmortem Bliss (short film, 2006)
  • The Runaways (2010)
  • Leaning Towards Solace (short film, 2012)
  • Hemlock Grove (TV series, episode "Bodily Fluids", 2014)
  • Daredevil (TV series, episode "Kinbaku", 2016)
  • The Handmaid's Tale (TV series, 2017)
  • American Gods (TV series, 2017)
  • Fright Club (The New York Times Magazine, 2017)

Music videos (selection)


Title Year Artist Notes
"This is My Life" 1992 Rita Chiarelli
"A Certain Slant of Light" 1993 The Tea Party
"Save Me" 1993 The Tea Party
"The River" 1993 The Tea Party
"The Birdman" 1994 Our Lady Peace version 1
"Blue" 1995 Harem Scarem
"Four Leaf Clover" 1996 Catherine
"The Beautiful People" 1996 Marilyn Manson
"Anna Is a Speed Freak" 1996 Pure
"Tourniquet" 1996 Marilyn Manson
"Little Wonder" 1996 David Bowie
"Black Eye" 1997 Fluffy
"Dead Man Walking" 1997 David Bowie
"Makes Me Wanna Die" 1997 Tricky
"(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" 1997 Filter & The Crystal Method
"Anything but Down" 1998 Sheryl Crow
"Sweet Surrender" 1998 Sarah McLachlan
"Most High" 1998 Robert Plant & Jimmy Page
"Chinese Burn" 1998 Curve
"Can't Get Loose" 1998 Barry Adamson
"Get Up" 1999 Amel Larrieux
"I've Seen It All" 2000 Björk interactive "webeo" version
"4 Ton Mantis" 2000 Amon Tobin
"In My Secret Life" 2001 Leonard Cohen
"Black Amour" 2002 Barry Adamson
"She Said" 2002 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion version 2
"John, 2/14" 2002 Shivaree
"Untitled #1 (Vaka)" 2003 Sigur Rós MTV Europe Music Award 2003 Best Video
"Obstacle 1" 2003 Interpol
"Anything" 2003 Martina Topley-Bird
"Bombs Below" 2003 Living Things version 1
"Fighter" 2003 Christina Aguilera JUNO Award 2004 Video of the Year
"Megalomaniac" 2004 Incubus
"The End of The World" 2004 The Cure
"I Owe..." 2004 Living Things
"Talk Shows on Mute" 2004 Incubus
"Bombs Below" 2004 Living Things version 2
"Blue Orchid" 2005 The White Stripes
"Bom Bom Bom" 2005 Living Things
"O' Sailor" 2005 Fiona Apple
"Supermassive Black Hole" 2006 Muse
"Red Flag" 2006 Billy Talent
"Hurt" 2006 Christina Aguilera
"Broken Boy Soldier" 2006 The Raconteurs
"Let It Rain" 2009 Living Things
"Die by the Drop" 2010 The Dead Weather
"Cherry Bomb" 2010 Dakota Fanning & Kristen Stewart
"E.T." 2011 Katy Perry
"The One That Got Away" 2011 Katy Perry
"Har Megiddo" 2011 Living Things
"Fake It Baby, Fake It (La Dame Nature)" 2012 Living Things
"Anything Could Happen" 2012 Ellie Goulding
"Try" 2012 P!nk
"Leaning Towards Solace" 2012 Sigur Rós
"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" 2013 David Bowie
"Mirrors" 2013 Justin Timberlake MTV Video Music Award 2013 Video of the Year
"The Next Day" 2013 David Bowie
"Montauk Fling" 2013 Lawrence Rothman
"#1 All Time Low" 2013 Lawrence Rothman
"Fatal Attraction" 2013 Lawrence Rothman
"California Paranoia" 2015 Lawrence Rothman ft. Angel Olsen
"Oz vs. Eden" 2015 Lawrence Rothman
"Users" 2015 Lawrence Rothman
"H" 2016 Lawrence Rothman
"Sledgehammer" 2016 Rihanna
"Die 4 You" 2017 Perfume Genius
"Without Love" 2017 Alice Glass
"Ain't Afraid Of Dying" 2017 Lawrence Rothman ft. Marissa Nadler
"Designer Babies" 2017 Lawrence Rothman ft. Kim Gordon
"Jordan" 2017 Lawrence Rothman ft. Kristin Kontrol


Awards (selection)

  • 2013 MTV Music Video Award, USA - Winner for Video of The Year, for Mirrors (Justin Timberlake)
  • 2004 Juno Awards, Canada - Best Music Video, for "Fighter" (Christina Aguilera)
  • 2003 MTV European Awards - Best International Video Award, for Untitled (Sigur Rós)
  • 2003 New York Underground Film Festival - Audio/Visual Award, for Untitled (Sigur Rós)
  • 2003 Advertising and Design Awards, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Special Merit Award for Music Video, for "Fighter" (Christina Aguilera)
  • 1999 German Kodak Photobook Award, for her book Redemption
  • 1998 British Music Video Awards, UK - Nomination for Best Video: "Little Wonder" (David Bowie)
  • 1997 MTV Music Video Awards, USA - Nomination for Best Rock Video: "Beautiful People" (Marilyn Manson)
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