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Umberto Smerilli is a film composer  based in Rome.

He studied Film music at the Italian National School of Cinema with Academy Award winner M° L. Bacalov and sound engineer Federico Savina, who recorded legendary soundtracks by Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota for Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, and many more.

In this unique environment he had the opportunity to connect with the great tradition of Italian Cinema.

In 2017 he was invited to join the Artist Academy of Film at Lincoln Center.

Several of his works have been presented at international film festivals such as Venice, Busan, Rotterdam, BFI, Tribeca, etc.

Pugni chiusi by F. Infascelli. won Best doc. Controcampo at 68°Venice Film Festival.

Worldly Girl by Marco Danieli, is hailed as one of the most prized Italian debut movies, won David di Donatello, presented at Venice Days and many more.

In 2022 he scores The bunker game by Roberto Zazzara, Shudder original.

In 2023 he scores A different man by Aaron Shimberg for A24 Films presented at Sundance 2024.

He loves a fresh approach to soundtrack composition in the wake of Italian tradition.