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5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER
5 E’ IL NUMERO PERFETTO
2019, Playtime, 100 min, Italy/Belgium/France, Dir: Igor Tuveri (Igort)

Based on Igort’s (né Igor Tuveri) most famous graphic novel, 5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER is a hyper-stylized noir thriller set in crime-ridden 1970s Naples. Toni Servillo stars as retired hitman Peppino Lo Cicero, who is devastated by the sudden murder of his only son. Unable to trust anyone in this criminal underworld, Peppino returns to his violent trade and embarks on a bloody quest for revenge. Nominated for Best Film (Venice Days) at the Venice Film Festival 2019.


LORO
2018, IFC Films, 150 min, Italy/France, Dir: Paolo Sorrentino

Director Paolo Sorrentino reunites with his THE GREAT BEAUTY star Toni Servillo to peer behind the curtain of recent Italian politics. Billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi (Servillo) was first elected to lead the Italian government in 1994 and his lengthy, corruption-ridden tenure has resulted in a tax-fraud conviction, so there’s more than enough material for a juicy biopic. But as the title - which translates as “them” - suggests, this film is less focused on the ex-prime minister than on his sycophantic retinue. Released in two parts in Italy, the film won four Nastro d’Argento awards including Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Elena Sofia Ricci). “Sorrentino’s mastery of the unexpected visual shock is deliciously in evidence from the moment the title appears.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety.


LET YOURSELF GO
LASCIATI ANDARE
2017, Menemsha Films, 102 min, Italy, Dir: Francesco Amato

Psychoanalyst Elia (THE GREAT BEAUTY’s Toni Servillo) is a pure Freudian whose austere and detached manner holds his patients in awe, even though he lives alone in a flat on the same floor as the ex-wife he still secretly pines for. After a minor illness, Elia’s doctor prescribes an iron-rich diet and physical activity to lose some weight … which is how he chances upon Claudia (Verónica Echegui), a personal trainer well versed in the cult of physique but not that of the mind.


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