Italy Picks Sorrentino’s “Beauty” As Its Oscar Contender

Sep 27, 2013 1660

Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty," a tribute to Rome's decadence and magnificence amid Italy's current paralysis, is Italy's candidate for the foreign-language Academy Award race.


Considered a Berlusconi-era homage to Fededrico Fellini, in particular to "La Dolce Vita," Sorrentino's latest stars Toni Servillo ("Il Divo") as a novelist with writers' block on a Dantesque descent amid the Eternal City's grotesque glitterati and the country's political, economic, and cultural impasse.

Co-produced by Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima's Indigo Film with France's Babe Films, Pathe Prod., and France 2 Cinema, "The Great Beauty" bowed at Cannes and also recently screened in Toronto.

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Source: http://variety.com

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