Paolo Sorrentino's Berlusconi Film 'Loro' Debuts First Trailer


The new movie about Italy's former prime minister puts the Berlusconi sex scandals front and center.

The first teaser trailer is out for Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino's new film Loro (Them) about Italy's billionaire media mogul and four-time prime minister.

In typical Sorrentino fashion, the movie features loud music, richly saturated cinematography from Luca Bigazzi and his favorite co-conspirator, Toni Servillo, playing Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi's infamous "Bunga Bunga" parties play throughout the trailer. Elena Sofia Ricci portrays Berlusconi's estranged wife Veronica Lario. Ricky Memphis and Riccardo Scamarcio also star in the film. 

In the trailer, a voiceover asks the former politician, "What did you expect: that you could be the richest man in the country, be prime minister and everybody would be crazy about you?"

"Yes, that's exactly what I expected," replies Servillo as Berlusconi. 

The film will likely be submitted to Cannes, where Sorrentino is a regular. Italian press has also speculated that the pic will be released in two parts.

Sorrentino's 2008 film Il Divo, about Italy's former prime minister Giulio Andreotti, was nominated for an Academy Award for best makeup. His 2013 film The Great Beauty, about life in Italy post-Berlusconi, won the Oscar for best foreign-language film. Sorrentino will next work on The New Pope, a follow-up to the HBO series The Young Pope. 

Loro is an Italy-France co-production from Indigo Film, Pathe and France 2. Universal Pictures International for Focus Features will distribute the movie in Italy, while Pathe will release it in France and Switzerland and handle international sales.