Stars of Sorrentino's 'The Great Beauty' Earning Accolades in Italy

The Great Beauty

Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino's latest project The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) is about an aging journalist who looks back on his youth.


Two members of the cast already have been named for summer awards, less than a week after the film premiered in Cannes and opened in Italian cinemas.

ROME – Paolo Sorrentino’s La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty), a biting commentary about contemporary Rome that premiered in competition in Cannes, is already starting to rack up some prizes.

It’s too early to tell if the film -- which opened in Italy Tuesday, the same day it had its world premiere in Cannes -- will leave France with any major hardware. But already, two members of the film’s cast have been announced as honorees in their native country: Toni Servillo, the film’s protagonist and one of Italy’s most decorated stage and film actors, will be given the Ischia Global Art prize in July’s Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, while another noted stage actor in the cast, Roberto Herlitzka, who had a supporting role in the film, will be given a Silver Ribbon career honor at next month’s Nastri d’Argento honors.

The Ischia event already announced it would present its highest honors, the Ischia Legends Awards, to actor Samuel L. Jackson and producer Arnon Milchan, while the Nastri d’Argento prizes, Italy’s oldest film honors, earlier revealed it would name Bernardo Bertolucci’s latest, Io e te (Me and You), as film of the year.

La grande bellezza is Sorrentino’s fifth consecutive feature-length film to screen in competition in Cannes, following Le conseguenze dell’amore (The Consequences of Love; 2004), L’amico di famiglia (The Family Friend; 2006), Il Divo (2008) and This Must Be the Place (2011). The last two films on the list won jury prizes.

In her review, The Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young called La grande bellezza an “update on cynicism” that “recreates the magical atmosphere of [Federico] Fellini’s Roma and La Dolce Vita” while staying clear of imitating Fellini’s style.

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