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Sorrentino’s Berlusconi biopic tipped for Cannes Film Fest – Scorsese to get Golden Coach Award

ROME, March 31, (Agencies): The hotly-awaited biopic about Italy’s former premier Silvio Berlusconi, from directing star Paolo Sorrentino, is tipped to appear at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Italian media.

The two-part film, which will hit Italian cinemas on April 24, is expected to delve into the private life of the flamboyant media magnate, from his famous dinners, to his divorce from his second wife Veronica Lario.

Part two is due for release in Italy on May 10.

The biopic is entitled “Loro” which means “them” and refers to the billionaire media magnate and his entourage — as well as evoking the word “l’oro” meaning “gold”, reports said.

Berlusconi, 81, will be played by Sorrentino favourite Toni Servillo, who starred in “The Great Beauty” as well as the director’s 2008 biopic “Il Divo”, about another former Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti.

Gianpaolo Tarantini, the man accused of having supplied the self-proclaimed Latin Lover with dancers, will be played by Italy’s Riccardo Scamarcio.

Rumours have swirled in the media about the film and Sorrentino’s presence at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival which kicks off on the May 8, but it is not yet known whether “Loro” will be in competition or whether it will even be screened in its entirety.

During filming in August last year, Italy’s Messaggero daily reported that Sorrentino had been received by Berlusconi and said the media magnate was only too happy to have a film made about his life by one of Italy’s most revered directors and had opened up his luxury villas in Sardinia and Milan.

But asked about the film in October as he geared up for a fourth shot a national governance, the tycoon appeared to have had a change of heart, saying:

“I have heard strange rumours, I hope they are not true, but (the film) seems to me to be a political attack against me”.

During the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Sorrentino said of his choice to make the film:

“I am Italian and I want to make a film about Italians. Berlusconi is the archetype of ‘Italianness’ and through him I can tell the Italians’ story”.


LOS ANGELES: Martin Scorsese will receive the honorary Carrosse d’Or (Golden Coach) award at this year’s Directors’ Fortnight, which celebrates its 50th anniversary as a parallel section to the Cannes Film Festival.

Scorsese will be given the award during the opening night of Directors’ Fortnight on May 9. As part of the tribute, “Mean Street,” which Scorsese presented at Directors’ Fortnight in 1974, will be screened, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.

Launched in 2002 by the SFR (the guild of French directors), the Carrosse d’Or is awarded to directors boasting “innovative qualities, courage and independent-mindedness of his or her work.”

Scorsese succeeds Werner Herzog, who received the Carrosse d’Or last year. The board of the SRF is headed by Celine Sciamma, Rebecca Zlotowski and Yann Gonzalez.

This 50th edition of Directors’ Fortnight will be the last to be helmed by artistic director Edouard Waintrop. Paolo Moretti will take over in 2019.

LOS ANGELES: Time’s Up, the movement founded to combat sexual harassment in the wake of #MeToo, will hold its inaugural New York event as part of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, which will showcase conversations with some of the movement’s most prominent filmmakers and activists including Ashley Judd, Julianne Moore and Fatima Goss Graves.

The event is one of a handful of late additions to this year’s edition of Tribeca. Also on the docket is the world premiere screening of “Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band,” Steven Sebring’s documentary about the final concerts of the tour that celebrated the 40th anniversary of Smith’s album “Horses.” After a Tribeca screening at the Beacon Theater, Smith and her band will perform signature tunes.

The festival’s TV lineup has added the premiere of ESPN series “Enhanced,” from exec producers Alex Gibney and Brad Herbert, looking at new developments in sports training, recovery and tech. Meanwhile, Tribeca’s immersive programming has added “Jack: Part One,” Baobab Studios’ VR and immersive-theater take on the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

The Time’s Up event, set for April 28, will include the participation of Sienna Miller, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amber Tamblyn, Marisa Tomei, Hearst’s Joanna Coles and CAA’s Christy Haubegger, among many others, in a day of talks about raising awareness and finding next steps for lasting change. The net proceeds from the day will go to Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19-28, and opens with Gilda Radner documentary “Love, Gilda.”


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