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The Great Beauty
La Grande Bellezza

Sun. Jan. 5, 2014 at 4:30PM
Central Valley Premiere

Janet Leigh Theatre

Dramatic Feature Film
142 min | Italy | 2013
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Language: Italian with English subtitles

Closing Night Film

The Great Beauty
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2014 Golden Globe® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
2014 Oscar® entry from Italy for Best Foreign Language Film consideration

Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Official Trailer

Select Festivals & Awards

- Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, 2014 Golden Globe Awards, USA
- Winner of 4 Awards at the 2013 European Film Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Editor
- Winner, Best Cinematography, 2013 Italy Golden Globes
- Winner, Best Editor, 2013 European Film Awards
- In Palme d'Or Competition, 2013 Festival de Cannes, France
- 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Director Paolo Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino

Born in Naples in 1970, Paolo Sorrentino is one of Italian cinema’s most distinctive and stylish filmmakers. In 1998, his short film Love Has No Boundaries established a relationship with Indigo Films, who have produced all of his films to date. In 2001, his first feature, the dramatic comedy One Man Up, won the Silver Ribbon for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival. This film also marked his first collaboration with favorite actor Toni Servillo. The Consequences of Love (2004), Sorrentino’s second film, premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and won five David di Donatello Awards, for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography. The film Il divo (2008), a portrait of the Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, won the Jury Prize at Cannes and featured a stunning performance by Servillo. Following This Must Be the Place (2011), his first film to be shot in America, Sorrentino returned to his home country for the acclaimed The Great Beauty (2013).

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Cast & Crew

Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Screenwriters: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
Producers: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
Cinematographer: Luca Bigazzi
Editor: Cristiano Travaglioli
Music: Lele Marchitelli
Emanuele Cecere
Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi, Massimo De Francovich, Roberto Herlitzka, Isabella Ferrari

Print Source

US Distributor: Janus Films


Screening Sponsors

Pacific Italian Alliance

Italian Cultural Institute San Francisco

Presented with the financial support of:
- Pacific Italian Alliance
- Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco

- Nick Elliott and Bill Grotemeyer

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