Best of: Paolo Sorrentino
Few contemporary filmmakers blend drama with style as impressively as Paolo Sorrentino. The Italian director made his first big splash internationally with the part-love story, part-crime thriller 'Consequences of Love' in 2004, before sealing his reputation with 2013's 'The Great Beauty', his gorgeous hymn to the extravagant and excessive world of Rome's cultural elite. In between, he sparked controversy with his savage and, by turns hilarious and chilling portrait of former Italian PM Giulio Andreotti in 'Il Divo', while in 'This Must Be the Place', Sean Penn channelled the style and spirit of The Cure's Robert Smith, playing a rock star on a personal quest across the US. Now, with 'Loro', Sorrentino tackles the world of Silvio Berlusconi. Featuring his long-time on screen collaborator Toni Servillo as the disgraced statesman and media mogul, and working once again with cinematographer Luca Bigazzi, 'Loro' is a wild and occasionally surreal tapestry of the world Berlusconi has created. From his dumbing-down and sexing-up of TV, disregard for the etiquette of the political world and infamous nights in the Bunga Bunga club, Berlusconi's world is laid bare. And like all of this supremely gifted filmmaker's work, it's an experience unlike anything else in modern cinema.