Seduction, glamour, corruption, drugs and raucous poolside parties: the life and times of scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi have long-demanded a screen depiction.
And who else to deliver it than Paolo Sorrentino, the Academy Award-winning director of The Great Beauty and The Young Pope, who returns to cinema in spectacular fashion with this dazzling, topical and no-holds-barred look at life in Italy under the glistening eye of modern Europe’s most infamous politician.
With Loro, Sorrentino gradually unpeels the complex personality and motivations of the billionaire former Prime Minister – played with unmistakable panache by Toni Servillo – during a tumultuous period in his career, as his marriage to second wife Veronica Lario (Elena Sofia Ricci) fractures; all the while skilfully threading together stories of a wide variety of characters (Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak) from multiple levels of society and their attempts to either ingratiate or distance themselves from him…
Loro (which translates as ‘Them’) offers a timely commentary on the excesses and follies of the power-hungry. Viewers sensitive to depictions of unfettered wealth, debauchery and sex: consider yourselves forewarned. Everyone else: strap in for a wild, unforgettable ride. MA15+ In local cinemas from Jan 17
Trailer and more info here (including a list of participating cinemas)
“Luca Bigazzi’s cinematography is a stunning kaleidoscope of colour, naked pleasure and voyeurism; it’s at once a vision of desire and shattering, vacuous ugliness.” – Chistopher Machell, CineVue
“A richly inventive, ferocious feast of satire and vulgarity.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“Pure, powerful cinema. An amazing journey into emotional chaos.” La Stampa
Thanks to Palace Films we have 10 double in season passes to give away.* For a chance to win all you have to do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Loro in the subject line, telling us one other film about a politician or politics you’ve seen (or want to see – besides Loro there are two other highly anticipated ones opening in the summer holidays). Make sure you include a postal address for the passes. Entries close midday Monday Jan 14. * NB Passes are valid for Mon-Fri sessions. Loro is getting a national (capital city) release but these passes are not valid for Tasmania.
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