Il Divo

For more than 50 years, he has been Italy's most powerful, feared and enigmatic politician. Giulio Andreotti (Toni Servillo), the leader of the Christian Democratic Party and a guy with many nicknames. For instance, he has been known as the Sphinx, the Salamander, the Hunchback, Beelzebub, and the Black Pope, among others. In the beginining of nineties he, as Giulio Andreotti, begins his seventh term as Prime Minister, but he and his hardliner faction take control of a country reeling from the brazen murders of several high-level bankers, judges and journalists, as well as the kidnapping and assassination of former Prime Minister Aldo Moro by leftist radicals in 1978. But as the Christian Democrat party crumbles in a nationwide bribery scandal, suspicion begins to fall on Andreotti himself as the center of a shocking conspiracy involving the Vatican, the Mafia and the secret neo-Fascist Masonic Lodge P2. In what is called "The Trial Of The Century," Italy's legendary Senator for Life will stand accused of corruption, collusion and murder. The film covers the period from the seventh election of Andreotti as Italian Prime Minister in 1992, up until his trial.

The Great Beauty

The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today's Rome. Rome, in the splendor of summer. Tourists flock to the Janiculum Hill: a Japanese man collapses, felled by such beauty. Jep Gambardella – a handsome man with irresistible charm, despite the first signs of ageing – enjoys the city’s social life to the full. He attends chic dinners and parties, where his sparkling wit and pleasant company are always welcome. A successful journalist and inveterate seducer, in his youth he wrote a novel which earned him a literary award and a reputation as a frustrated writer. He masks his disenchantment behind a cynical attitude, which makes him view the world with bitter lucidity. On the terrace of his Rome apartment which overlooks the Coliseum, he hosts parties where “the human apparatus” – that was the title of his novel – is stripped bare, and where the comedy of nothingness is played out. Weary of his lifestyle, Jep sometimes dreams of taking up his pen again, haunted by memories of a youthful love which he still hangs on to. But will he ever manage it? Can he overcome this profound disgust for himself and others, in a city whose dazzling beauty sometimes leads to paralysis?
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