Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Writer(s): Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
Awards: Won 2014 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
“Go ahead. Soak up the Beauty. It’s one of the best films of the year.” -Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
“Sorrentino’s juxtaposition of contemporary Roman indulgence and the Eternal City’s place in history’s imagination makes for a bittersweet epic in which a solitary character, Jep, stands in for the director, and us, and experiences an epiphany.” -John Anderson, Newsday