Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino ('The Great Beauty') takes on the infamous Italian politician in the brilliantly macabre 'Il Divo' - nominated for an Oscar and winner of the Cannes Jury Prize.
This effortlessly stylish gem is an overture to Tarantino and Leone. The title sequence introduces real-life Italian politicians as gangster-like imitators clustered around the iconic post-war figure of Giulio Andreotti. This impassive yet insinuating, ambiguous yet reassuring figure is set to assume his seventh mandate as Prime Minister without arrogance and without humility. He emerges unscathed from everything: electoral battles, terrorist massacres, slanderous accusations. But when the Mafia declares war on him, things change - perhaps even for the enigmatic, immortal Andreotti. But do they really change or only appear to? It is difficult to tarnish Andreotti, the man who knows the ways of the world better than anyone.
Effortlessly stylish, with cinematography by regular Sorrentino collaborator Luca Bigazzi, the film stars Toni Servillo as the chillingly vampiric Andreotti. It is hard to imagine what the real Andreotti thought of it, but for the record, this is Italian cinema at its best.
★★★★★ "As character assassination, it’s delicious and deadly" - Dave Calhoun, Time Out
★★★★★ "Rips open the deep ravines of drama, corruption, internecine power struggles and ultimately death that lie behind Italy’s precarious post-war politics" - Bernadette McNulty, The Telegraph