Son of Hollywood legend Sophia Loren and Italian film producer Carlo Ponti, Edoardo Ponti first appeared on the big screen alongside his mother in the 1984 film Qualcosa di Biondo. He later turned his interest into writing and directing, and won Special Achievement First Time Filmmaker award at the Newport Beach Film Festival for his film, Between Strangers (2002), starring Sophia Loren, Mira Sorvino and Deborah Kara Unger.
On a more personal note, Ponti is engaged to actress Sasha Alexander, with whom he has one daughter.
House of Legend
Childhood and Family:
Son of Italian film producer Carlo Ponti with his second wife, Oscar-winning Italian actress Sophia Loren, Edoardo Ponti was born on January 6, 1973 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He has one brother, Carlo Ponti, Jr. (born December 29, 1968), a former child actor who is now a music conductor, and one step-brother, film producer Alex Ponti (born Alessandro Ponti on September 1, 1953).
A fluent in French, Italian and English, Ponti graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1994 from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. He subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing and Production from USC's School of Cinema and Television in 1997.
In January 2006, Ponti became engaged to actress Sasha Alexander (born May 17, 1973). The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Lucia Sofia Ponti, on May 12, 2006 in Geneva. Ponti now divides his time between Los Angeles, Geneva and Paris.
Between Strangers Creator
In 1984, Edoardo Ponti made his first public appearance alongside his mother Sophia Loren in Maurizio Ponzi's drama film, Qualcosa di biondo (a.k.a. Aurora). Portraying Loren’s on-screen son, Ponti received a nomination at Young Artist Awards for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Special or Mini-Series.
On theater, Ponti began with producing and directing Eugene Ionesco’s short, one-act play “The Lesson” at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in 1995, which also played in Boston. The next year, he produced, directed and adapted the stage version of Nick Bantock's 1991 best-selling fiction book, “Griffin and Sabine,” performed at the Spoleto Theatre Festival in Italy.
After gaining precious lesson while working as Michelangelo Antonioni's personal assistant during the development stage of a project from September 1997 to March 1998, Ponti went to produce, write and direct his first short project, entitled Liv. Executive produced by Robert Altman, Antonioni and Carlo Ponti, and composed by world-renowned Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, Liv was presented at the 1998 Venice International Film Festival.
That same year, Ponti reteamed with Preisner again when he wrote and directed the stage production of Preisner's musical memorial, “Requiem for my Friend.” It opened in October that year at the National Theatre in Warsaw, Poland.
In 2002, Ponti wrote and directed drama film that follows the lives of three Toronto women fighting their personal demons, Between Strangers, in which he cast his mother Loren, Mira Sorvino and Deborah Kara Unger in the leading roles. He also recruited Preisner again to compose the score. Between Strangers later handed Ponti an award at Newport Beach Film Festival, for Special Achievement First Time Filmmaker.
- Newport Beach Film Festival: Special Achievement First Time Filmmaker, Between Strangers, 2003