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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #66. Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza

La Grande Bellezza

Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Writer(s): Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello
Producer(s): Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Toni Servillo, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Verdone, Isabella Ferrari and Giorgio Pasotti.

We give credit where credit is due – Paolo Sorrentino might have ceremoniously belly-flopped with his last feature, This Must Be the Place, but we’d be hard pressed to completely dismiss this revenge film oddity. On the flipside, his previous political epic Il divo is gold. La Grande Bellezza (English translation would be The Great Beauty) sees Sorrentino reteam with Toni Servillo in what is said to be Fellini-esque venture.

Gist: The story of an aging journalist Jap Gambardella (Toni Servillo) who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today’s Rome.

Release Date: An April release date is set for Italy – so this logically will be included in the Cannes Main Competition.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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