Tonino Benakvista

Tonino Benakvista

French novelist and screenwriter.
Date of Birth: 01.09.1961
Country: France

Biography of Tonino Benacquista

Tonino Benacquista (born September 1, 1961, in Choisy-le-Roi, a suburb of Paris) is a French novelist and screenwriter. He was born into a family of Italian immigrants and developed a passion for literature and cinema from a young age. Throughout his life, Benacquista worked a variety of jobs, including being a night watchman at a museum, a conductor on the "Paris-Rome" train, and a set decorator. These experiences served as inspiration for his future novels.

At the age of 24, Benacquista published his first novel. Subsequent works were honored with several literary awards. His most successful novel, "Saga" (1997), earned him the title of Author of the Year by the readers of Elle magazine. In addition to writing novels, Benacquista also began writing screenplays for television series in the late 1980s. However, his breakthrough as a screenwriter came in 2002 when he and Jacques Audiard received the César Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film "Read My Lips."

List of Novels
- "Epinglé comme une pin-up dans un placard de G.I." (1985)
- "La Maldonne des sleepings" (1989)
- "Trois carrés rouges sur fond noir" (1990)
- "La Commedia des ratés" (1991)
- "Les Morsures de l'aube" (1992)
- "La Machine à broyer les petites filles" (1999)
- "Saga" (1997)
- "L'Outremangeur" (2000)
- "Quelqu'un d'autre" (2001)
- "Tout à l'ego" (2001)
- "Malavita" (2004)
- "Dieu n'a pas réponse à tout (mais Il est bien entouré)" (2007) (co-written with Nicolas Barra)