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20 Apr
Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Castro Theatre
Castro Theatre 429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States


Director Paolo Sorrentino and actor Toni Servillo (Il Divo, 2008; The Great Beauty, 2013) continue their rich cinematic collaboration and imaginative evisceration of current Italian politics and society with this fictionalized portrait of Silvio Berlusconi. Set in the late 2000s, the film follows an ambitious hustler with political aspirations from his provincial city to Sardinia where he hopes to catch the attention of the media mogul and former Prime Minister. Servillo is mesmerizing as a man shaded with self-loathing but determined to maintain both his marriage and political power.

A richly inventive, ferocious feast of satire and vulgarity. . . All this was poignantly detailed in the poetic The Great Beauty, but Sorrentino’s current film is a far angrier, more contemptuous vision. It’s the dark side of Fellini, one might say, the director’s usual source of inspiration. Here, in Sorrentino’s sweeping vision of hell, Italian society is permeated by trashy vulgarity and endemic corruption.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Paulo Sorrentino

Paulo Sorrentino began his long association with Loro (2018) star Toni Servillo with his directing debut One Man Up (2001). Among their other collaborations are Il Divo (2008), winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and The Great Beauty (2013), recipient of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Among the Naples-born filmmaker’s other works are This Must Be the Place (2011), Youth (2015), and the TV series The Young Pope (2016) and The New Pope (2019). Of Loro and its subject, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Sorrentino says, “The objective is not to glorify, at least not for me, nor is it to point a finger and decide which men are good and which men are bad. That’s the wrong approach for art in general, whether it’s a film or novel. This film gives us an opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of all sides of this man.”

Film Details

Year 2018

Language Italian

Runtime 150

Country Italy

Director Paolo Sorrentino

Producer Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori, Viola Prestieri

Writer Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello

Editor Cristiano Travaglioli

Cinematographer Luca Bigazzi

Music Lele Marchitelli

Cast Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio