Also Out This Week: This Must Be The Place (2012)

Acclaimed Italian director, Paolo Sorrentino, follows Il Divo with this comedy-drama about an aging rock star (imagine Robert Smith, crossed with Ozzy Osbourne and a touch of Keith Richards) who sets out to uncover the life of his recently deceased and estranged father. More specifically, he aims to discover the identity of a certain Nazi criminal whom his father had been searching out since his days as a prisoner in Auschwitz. Starring Sean Penn (Milk). Cert. 15


Press Pack from Cannes Film Festival, including director and staff interviews: pdf

Paolo Sorrentino: Back Catalogue

If you’re thinking of braving the weather to head out and see:

This Must Be the Place (2011)

then you should also consider braving the weather to head out and rent from Sorrentino’s back catalogue…

Il Divo (2008)

 – winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes and nominated for the Palme d’Or (2008). Nominated for Best Foreign film at the Academy Awards (2010)

Sorrentino’s critically acclaimed bio-pic of Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti, offers a typically stylish critique of the Italian political system, complete with its requisite assassinations.

Here’s a hilarious and fascinating juxtaposition: first watch the European trailer:

and then check out the American trailer, just for fun:

Family Friend (2006) – nominated for the Palme d’or at Cannes (2006)

A modern-day beauty and the beast story of Geremia, a miserly old man who uses his money to insinuate his way into the lives of others. When someone asks him to finance his daughter’s wedding, Geremia falls in love with the beautiful young woman.


Consequences of Love (2004) – nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes (2004)

Fantastically stylish romantic drama/thriller about a secretive businessman whose loner life is transformed by his attraction to a young barmaid. The reasons for his secretive existence become clear over the course of the film, bringing with them deadly destruction.