Magazine article Screen International

Italy Enters Great Beauty to Oscars

Magazine article Screen International

Italy Enters Great Beauty to Oscars

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Paolo Sorrentino's Cannes Palme d'Or-nominated drama The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) chosen by Italy as its entry for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar.

The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza), by director Paolo Sorrentino, has been submitted by Italy for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

REVIEW: The Great Beauty

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The film reunites Sorrentino with Il Divo star Toni Servillo in the story of a jaded, ageing writer who tries to resuscitate his career but is floundering in high life parties and the memory of a former love.

It was considered a frontrunner for the Palme d'Or at Cannes in May; won five Silver Ribbons at the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists awards; and a Globi d'Oro (Golden Globes) for Luca Bigazzi's cinematography.

The Great Beauty marks the first Oscar submission for Sorrentino, who has screened five of his features in Competition at Cannes.

Other candidates considered to represent Italy, selected by a committee overseen by audiovisual association ANICA, included:

Miel, Valeria Golino

Razzabastarda, Alessandro Gassman

Midway Between Life and Death, John Real

Salvo, Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia

Viaggio sola, Maria Sole Tognazzi

Viva la liberta, Roberto Andro. …

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