1989 was the last year in which an Italian film (Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso) won a Golden Globe. Now Paolo Sorrentino’s La grande bellezza has put an end to the 25-year drought. It has also been nominated for Best Foreign Film at the upcoming Oscars.
Upon collecting the award for best foreign film, director Paolo Sorrentino commented, ‘Italy is a crazy country, but it is beautiful.’
‘Journalist Jep Gambardella 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 65th 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.’ (IMDb)
Other films by Paolo Sorrentino include the beautifully shot and sublimely acted Le conseguenze dell’amore (2004) and Il Divo (2008).