2018, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France, 150 min.
Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci
- Sat, Mar 9th 4:45pm
- Wed, Mar 13th 6:30pm
“The definitive Paolo Sorrentino film to date…brash, stylish…sprawling and idiosyncratic.”-- Sam Fragoso, The Wrap
Oscar-winning director Sorrentino (THE GREAT BEAUTY) dives into a fictional profile of notorious former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with relish, aided and abetted by his perennial star Toni Servillo (IL DIVO), who revels in the role of the flamboyant billionaire politician and media tycoon. The garish opulence of the surroundings and vulgar gilt-edged tastes of this vote-getting idol of the economically depressed classes strikes an eerily familiar tone in our time, as Sorrentino paints a tawdry picture of massive corruption, bribery, drugs, and prostitution, involving a scheming but insignificant businessman who seeks the big man’s favor. Servillo has never been more expansive or daring than in this story that combines the extremes of capricious, all-encompassing power in the public sphere with the maudlin spectacle of a marriage on the rocks in private. Sorrentino’s vision is positively post-Felliniesque, with set pieces on a grand scale, and babes, babes, babes. In Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of IFC Films. (BS)