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Year of Production
2008
Director
Paolo Sorrentino
Format
35 mm
Length
110 min

Il Divo

by Paolo Sorrentino

Synopsis

In Rome, at dawn, when everyone is sleeping, one man is awake.
That man is  Giulio Andreotti. He’s awake because he has to work, write books, move in fashionable circles and, last but not least, pray.
Calm, crafty and inscrutable, Andreotti is synonym of power in Italy for over four decades. At the beginning of the Nineties, this impassive yet insinuating, ambiguous yet reassuring figure appears set to assume his seventh mandate as Prime Minister without arrogance and without humility.
Approaching seventy, Andreotti is a gerontocrat who, with all the attributes of God, is afraid of no one and does not know the meaning of awe, since he is accustomed to seeing it stamped on the faces of all his interlocutors. His satisfaction is muted, impalpable. For him, satisfaction is power, with which he has a symbiotic relationship. Power the way he likes it. Unwavering and immutable, from the outset. He emerges unscathed from everything: electoral battles, terrorist massacres, slanderous accusations.
He is untouched by it all, unchanging. Until the strongest counter power in Italy, the Mafia, declares war on him.
Then things change. Perhaps even for the enigmatic, immortal Andreotti.
But the question is: do they really change or only appear to?
We can be sure of one thing: it is difficult to tarnish Andreotti, the man who knows the ways of the world better than any of us.

Cast

  • TONI SERVILLO
  • ANNA BONAIUTO
  • GIULIO BOSETTI
  • FLAVIO BUCCI
  • CARLO BUCCIROSSO
  • GIORGIO COLANGELI
  • ALBERTO CRACCO
  • PIERA DEGLI ESPOSTI
  • LORENZO GIOIELLI
  • PAOLO GRAZIOSI
  • GIANFELICE IMPARATO
  • MASSIMO POPOLIZIO
  • ALDO RALLI
  • GIOVANNI VETTORAZZO

Crew

  • Director Paolo Sorrentino
  • Script Paolo Sorrentino
  • Director of photography Luca Bigazzi
  • Film editor Cristiano Travaglioli
  • Original music Teho Teardo
  • Line producer Viola Prestieri
  • Production designer Lino Fiorito
  • Casting director Annamaria Sambucco
  • Costume designer Daniela Ciancio
  • Hairstylist Aldo Signoretti
  • Make up and effects Vittorio Sodano
  • Direct sound recordist Emanuele Cecere
  • Produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Andrea Occhipinti, Maurizio Coppolecchia
  • Production Indigo Film, Lucky Red, Parco Film
  • Distribution Italy Lucky Red
  • International sales Beta Cinema

Curiosities

Release Date: May 28th 2008 (Italy)

A special edition composed of 2 dvds is available with English and French subtitles and exclusive  bonus materials, such as the Making of and an interview with Paolo Sorrentino.
The dvd is distribuited by Lucky Red (http://shop.luckyred.net/)

Awards

  • David di Donatello Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music, Best Costume Designer, Best Make-up and effects, Best Hairstylist, Best Visual Effects
  • Cannes International Film Festival Jury Prize, Prix Vulcain
  • EFA European Film Award Best European Actor (Toni Servillo)
  • Italian Film Fest/Bari Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Producer, Best Photographer, Best Soundtrack, Best Costume Designer, Best Set Designer
  • San Diego Film Critics Society Best Foreign Language Picture

Festival Participations

  • 61 Cannes International Film Festival
  • Munich International Film Festival
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival
  • Era New Horizons International Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Australia-Italian Film Festival
  • Beirut International Film Festival
  • Mumbai International Film Festival
  • Rio Do Janeiro International Film Festival
  • Athens International Film Festival-Premiers
  • Annecy Festival du Cinéma Italien
  • The Times BFI London Film Festival
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival
  • Pusan International Film Festival
  • Flanders International Film Festival
  • Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt
  • Festival du Cinema Europeen en Essonne
  • Cinemanila
  • Cinema mediterranéen Montpellier
  • Tallin Black Nights Film Festival
  • Festival International de Cinema Negre de Manresa
  • Sevilla International Film Festival
  • Lubliana Film Festival
  • Festival International du Film d'Arras
  • Dubai International Film Festival
  • International Film Festival Bratislava
  • Tromso International Film Festival
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Festival du Cinéma Italien de Bastia
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • Portland International Film Festival
  • Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
  • Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Belgrado
  • Sofia International Film Festival
  • Jameson Belfast Film Festival
  • Human Rights Film Festival Zagreb
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Festival Internacional du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan
  • Bradford Film Festival
  • River Run International Film Festival
  • Philadelphia International Film Festival
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
  • NatFilm Festivalen
  • Minneapolis/St.Paul International Film Festival
  • Istanbul International Film Festival
  • Indie Lisboa
  • Italian Tokio International Film Festival
  • Festival Cinematogràfico Internacionàl de Uruguay
  • Buenos Aires International Festival of Indipendent Cinema
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Transilvania International Film Festival
  • Moscow International Film Festival
  • Durban International Film Festival
  • Copenhagen International Film Festival