The Deity (Il Divo)
Ninety-year-old Giulio Andreotti is synonymous with Italian politics. 2009 marks his uninterrupted 63rd year as a parliamentarian! Though less of a topical figure in Italy than current prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, Andreotti is even more deeply branded on the nation's consciousness.
Award-winning film maker Paolo Sorrentino's (The Consequences of Love) original and witty political opera tries to anatomise the character and explain the longevity of a man who has been Prime Minister three times and emerged unscathed from no less than 26 separate court cases on charges that include corruption and Mafia involvement. The film’s focal point is Toni Servillo's delicious take on Andreotti, grotesque and subtly powerful at the same time.
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and seven 2009 David di Donatello awards. (Source: Italian Film Festival)