In the same year Gianluca Sodaro got in touch with American music composer Angelo Badalamenti (he's best known for his work scoring films for director David Lynch) who, after having seen "Cuore Scatenato" with great enthusiasm, called him for a future collaboration. In 2012 Badalamenti makes the original music for God's Got His Head in the Clouds and declares with great enthusiasm: "Gianluca Sodaro has created a marvelous vignette of a film which cleverly poses a simple spiritual question. A duel of sorts commences between a priest and a little girl, as she brings a grievance before him. Their exchange is wonderfully thought-provoking, comical, and slightly absurd in its premise. I must've watched it five times before I finally took a seat at the piano. Bravo!".
The result of their collaboration is extraordinary. The film begins to go around the world, from Europe to the South East of Asia, from the United States of America to Australia. Angelo Badalamenti and Gianluca have together presented the film in Massachusetts at the Berkshire International Film Festival in 2013. To date, in only two years, it's shown in 46 International Film Festivals. "God's Got His Head in the Clouds" gets 41 nominations and 6 awards around the world. The short film receives the Award for the Best Cinematography at the Byron Bay International Film Festival (2014) in Australia, the Grand Jury Prize at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Florida, the Best Audience Award and the 2nd Award as Best Short Film at the Knoxville Film Festival (2014) in Teneessee, the Best Director Award at the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City (2014) and the Best Narrative Short at the Sonoma International Film Festival (2015) in the U.S.A.
In 2016 Gianluca moves to U.S.A. as lawful permanent resident for his “Extraordinary Capabilities in Arts” and in 2018 Angelo Badalamenti creates the music score for his new project Nowhen (2018) starring Robert Davi. "God’s Got His Head in the Clouds" and "Nowhen" have been shown, nominated and presented with awards in more than 50 film festivals all over the world.
Gianluca has just completed one more short film (as yet unreleased) and the British Oscar winner Rachel Portman (best known for her work scoring films for the movies Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, Emma, Oliver Twist, etc.) has composed its original music.
As artist and photographer Gianluca Sodaro has his first photographic solo exhibition "Ageless - Dolls Have Time To Waste" at the Meno Nisa Contemporary Art Gallery in Vilnius (Lithuania, 2016), at the Radbury in Luxembourg (2016) and at the Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts in Downtown LA (December, 2016). Last August he had the solo exhibition "Sante ma donne" (Holy Women) in Castelubuono (Sicily), at the "FotoFever Photography" in Paris in November 2019 and at the GAM - Contemporary Art Gallery in Catania in October 2021. In 2022 Gianluca exhibits at the MIA Photo Fair - Photo Independent in Milan (Italy).
To be mentioned, at the beginning, the participation in 1995, in the collective exhibition 90s Art in Milan in the Braidense National Library together with Emilio Isgrò, Bruno Munari, Emilio Tadini, Giacomo Spazio, Maurizio Cattelan, Studio Azzurro and others.
Gianluca adores the sound of cicadas.
If you're curious, you can also read his interview for the British Art and Culture magazine Aesthetica Magazine at www.aestheticamagazine.com/interview-multi-disciplinary-artist-gianluca-sodaro