On Sunday night, director Paolo Sorrentino took home the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film for La Grande Bellezza, beating out critic favorite Blue Is the Warmest Color.
|Sorrentino on the set of La Grande Bellezza|
The last Italian film to be awarded the prize was Giuseppe Tornatore’s Nuova Cinema Paradiso, in 1989.
La Grande Bellezza is perhaps best summed up in a single scene, when protagonist Jep Gambardella looks out over the hulking corpse of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. It’s a striking metaphor for both Gambardella’s character and the country in which he lives- both stuck, both dormant.
What happened here? How did this country- with its natural beauty and infinite cultural treasures- reach the stagnancy in which it now finds itself? This is the difficult question that Sorrentino poses in his film.
Sentieri will be screening La Grande Bellezza on Saturday, January 25. For those interested, more information can be found here.
Additionally, the first six participants to sign up for the screening will be given a ticket to Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer running at the Gene Siskel Film Center from January 17-30. More information about the film can be found here.
See you at the screening!
Sentieri Blog Contributor