He was a cabinet minister in 33 different governments and a seven-time Prime Minister: Giulio Andreotti, very likely the most important politician in post-war Italy. The Christian Democrat was entangled in countless political scandals – without ever being convicted for anything in court. In what may be the only feasible approach, Paolo Sorrentino’s treatment of this sphinx-like figure in IL DIVO amounts to a grotesque tale that unravels the web of intrigue and criminal machinations of Italian politics with breathtaking bravado. In his third collaboration with Sorrentino, Toni Servillo portrays Andreotti as something of a mixture of Buster Keaton, Max Schreck, and Boris Karloff. The film asserts that Andreotti never acted to achieve political goals, nor for his personal gain, but simply sought to exercise and stay in power as an end in itself. Sorrentino’s masterpiece won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2008, and Servillo was honored for his performance with a European Film Award.
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Selected filmography Paolo Sorrentino:
L'UOMO IN PIÙ (2001), LE CONSEGUENZE DELL'AMORE (2004), L'AMICO DI FAMIGLIA (2006), IL DIVO - DER GÖTTLICHE (2008), CHEYENNE - THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (2011), LA GRANDE BELLEZZA - DIE GROSSE SCHÖNHEIT (2013), YOUTH (2015)