Having dramatized the demise of former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti in 2009's IL DIVO, Academy Award® winner Paolo Sorrentino (THE GREAT BEAUTY, THE YOUNG POPE, YOUTH) turns his caustic eye to another titan of Italian politics: media tycoon, billionaire and scandal-plagued ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (Toni Servillo, IL DIVO). The result is an eye-popping, candy-colored and surreal skewering of early 21st-century Italy and Berlusconi's milieu of unfettered wealth, raucous "bunga bunga" parties and cutthroat political power games — a tale told in counterpoint to that of provincial arriviste Sergio (Riccardo Scamarcio, EUPHORIA), an ambitious wannabe from the Southern town of Taranto, desperate to impress Berlusconi and enter the big time. Originally spilt into two parts for its Italian release, LORO will be presented in its single, epic theatrical form. Official Selection, 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. DIR/SCR Paolo Sorrentino; SCR Umberto Contarello; PROD Carlotta Calori, Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano, Viola Prestieri. Italy/France, 2018, color, 150 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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