The Great Beauty
- La grande bellezza
- Section: MEDIA – Europe’s Best
- Italy, France
- 2013 / 142 min
- Director: Paolo Sorrentino
- Cast: Toni Servillo, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Verdone, Carlo Buccirosso, Isabella Ferrari, Giorgio Pasotti, Franco Graziosi, Serena Grandi
- Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese version with Czech subtitles
Contact: Film Europe
A visually stunning comedic drama about the search for meaning in one’s own existence and coming to terms with the constant flow of time and an aging body.
After the captivating images and enchanting music of his road-movie, This Must Be the Place (2011), Sorrentino draws on the tried and true approach of his singular style, once again creating a visually stunning comedic drama about the search for meaning in one’s own life and coming to terms with the unstoppable flow of time and an aging body. Sorrentino set the story of Jep, an aging author and journalist, in the shimmering heights of modern Roman society, and like the great filmmakers Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, he criticizes present day society in its superficiality, hypocrisy and blindness. A desperate Babylon of wealth, politicians, criminals, film stars, artists, intellectuals and complicated, short-lived relationships comes to life in the ancient buildings and villas of Rome as seen through the eyes of jaded, gin-saturated Jep, spinning in a whirlpool of endless parties under the gaze of the beautiful, yet dead, diva, Rome.
Awards: Academy Awards, USA 2014: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. Golden Globes, USA 2014: Best Foreign Language Film. BAFTA Awards 2014: Best Film not in the English Language. European Film Awards 2013: European Film, Director, Actor, Editor. Gaudí Awards 2015: Best European Film. Guardian Film Awards, UK 2014: Best Scene. Seville European FF 2013: Asecan Award. CinEuphoria Awards 2015: Top Ten of the Year, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Original Music, Audience Award. David di Donatello Awards 2014: Best Director, Producer, Actor, Cinematography, Costume Design and many other prizes.