Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are an Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaking team. They wrote and directed AMERICAN SPLENDOR which won over 30 awards including: Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival; FIPRESCI Award, Cannes Film Festival; The Writers’ Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Picture and Best Screenplay, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and National Society of Film Critics and Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination, Academy Awards. CINEMA VERITE (2011), starring Diane Lane, James Gandolfini and Tim Robbins received nine Emmy nominations including Best Movie, Outstanding Directing and a win for Best Editing. In addition, the HBO movie received three Golden Globe nominations, a SAG nomination as well as ACE, GLAAD and Writer’s Guild Award wins.
THE NANNY DIARIES (2007) starring Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Chris Evans and Alicia Keys was the highest grossing film directed by a woman of that year and premiered at The Venice Film Festival. Other films include THE EXTRA MAN (Kevin Kline and Paul Dano) and GIRL MOST LIKELY (Kristen Wiig, Annette Benning and Matt Dillon). Berman and Pulcini’s award winning documentaries include OFF THE MENU: THE LAST DAYS OF CHASEN’S and THE YOUNG AND THE DEAD.
The team’s most recent film, TEN THOUSAND SAINTS, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was selected as a NEW YORK TIMES critic’s pick. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, Asa Butterfield, Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer. LE CAFE DE BALZAC, Berman and Pulcini’s comedic short starring Paul Giamatti, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Amazon series THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS.