The Great Beauty

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La Grande Bellezza

Showing: 28th November 2014 at 7:30 pm

Released: 21st May 2013

6th September 2013 (UK)

Sponsored by:  Mr and Mrs Collard

 

Film-Notes

 

FranceItaly flagFrance/Italy 138 mins Comedy/Drama

 

 

Audience Reaction 64%

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Stars: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli and Carlo Buccirosso

 

Rome, in the splendor of summer. Tourists flock to the Janiculum Hill: a Japanese man collapses, felled by such beauty. Jep Gamberdella – 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?

 

FILM FESTIVALS

Academy Award (Won – Best Foreign Language Film of the Year 2014), BAFTA Awards (Won – Best Film not in the English Language 2014), Bodil Awards (Nominated – Best Non-American Film 2014), British Independent Film Awards (Nominated – Best International Independent Film 2013), Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (Critics Choice Award nomination – Best foreign Language Film 2014), Cannes Film Festival (Palme d’Or nomination 2013), Capri, Hollywood (Won – Capri Visionary Movie Award 2013)(Nominated – Capri Movie of the Year Award 2013), César Awards, France (Nominated – Best Foreign Film 2014), Chlotrudis Awards (Nominated – Best Cinematography 2014), Cinemanila International Film Festival (Won Lino Brocka Award – International Competition 2013), Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (3rd place nomination – Best Foreign Language Film 2013), European Film Awards (4 wins – Best Editor, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor 2013)(Nominated – Best Screenwriter 2013), Golden Globe Awards, USA (Won – Best Foreign Language Film 2014), Golden Globes, Italy (Won – Best Cinematography 2013)(3 nominations – Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Actor 2013), Goya Awards (Nominated – Best European Film 2014), Independent Spirit Awards (Nominated – Best International Film 2014), Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists (4 Silver Ribbon wins – Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound, Best Cinematography 2013)(Special Silver Ribbon win – Best Cinematography 2013)(5 Silver Ribbon nominations – Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Producer, Best Score, Best Costume Design 2013), London Critics Circle Film Awards (3 nominations – Film of the Year, Foreign Language Film of the Year, Director of the Year 2014), Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (2nd place – Best Foreign Film 2013), National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA (3rd place – Best Foreign Language Film 2014), New York Film Critics Circle Awards (3rd place – Best Foreign Language Film 2013), Online Film Critics Society Awards (Nominated – Best Cinematography 2014), Robert Festival (Nominated – Best Non-American Film 2014), Sant Jordi Awards (Won – Best Foreign Film 2014), Satellite Award (Nominated – Best Motion Picture, International Film 2013),Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Won Grand Prize 2013)(Won Jury Prize – Best Cinematography 2013)

 

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