Exactly a decade after Il Divo, Paolo Sorrentino delves once again into the contradictory, grotesque and fascinating world of Italian politics. This time, the director of The Great Beauty looks at the equally beloved and hated figure of Silvio Berlusconi. In the first part of Loro (New Horizons is one of the few festivals in the world to show the film in the expanded, two-part version in which it was shown in Italian cinemas), the politician plays a marginal role. Sorrentino is much more interested in the aura of success, fame and big money surrounding Berlusconi, which succeeded in increasing his popularity and providing him with mass support. In analyzing the fate of individuals seduced by Berlusconi’s demagoguery, Sorrentino sketches an extremely critical portrait of his own society. Therefore, despite the fact that the first part of Loro has plenty of the director’s sense of humor, it remains the most bitter film in Sorrentino’s entire oeuvre.
Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples in 1970. His first full-length feature film, One Man Up, was screened at the Venice Film Festival and gained recognition both at home and abroad. It was on that film that he began his long-time collaboration with Toni Servillo. He gained international fame in 2004 thanks to his stylistic thriller The Consequences of Love. He won a jury award at Cannes for Il Divo. His greatest success to date has been the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty.
2001 O jednego więcej / L'uomo in più / One Man Up
2004 Skutki miłości / Le conseguenze dell'amore / The Consequeces of Love
2006 Przyjaciel rodziny / L'amico di famiglia / The Family Friend
2008 Boski / Il divo
2013 Wielkie piękno / La grande bellezza / The Great Beauty
2015 Młodość / La giovinezza / Youth