La Grande Bellezza represents Italy at the Oscars
Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), is the film that was chosen by the Selection Committee to represent Italy at the upcoming Oscars nominations for Foreign Language Films. The members of the committee that was formed by ANICA, the Italian audiovisual association, were: Nicola Borrelli, Martha Capello, Liliana Cavani, Tilde Corsi, Caterina D’Amico, Piera Detassis, Andrea Occhipinti and Giulio Scarpati.
La Grande Bellezza is Sorrentino’s sixth feature-length film and his fourth collaboration with Toni Servillo. The film participated earlier this year at the Film Festival of Cannes and was nominated for the Palme d’Or. The film also has won five Nastri d’Argento awards and Luca Bigazzi was awarded with the best cinematography prize at the Italian Golden Globes. Paolo Sorrentino is one of the most noted directors of his generation and this is his first candidature for the Oscars.
The other six candidates for the Italian selection were the Cannes’ winners Miele by Valeria Golino (Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention) and Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza (Critics’ Week Grand Prize), the drama Razza Bastarda by the famous actor Alessandro Gassman, the comedy Viaggio Sola by Ugo Tognazzi’s daughter Maria Sole Tognazzi (David di Donatello for Best Actress), the comedy Viva la Libertà by Roberto Andò (David di Donatello for Best Screenplay) and the horror Midway – Tra la Vita e la Morte by John Real.
Of course the big winner of the Donatello awards Giuseppe Tornatore’s latest film, La Migliore Offerta (The Best Offer) could not be included since it was shot in English. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the Foreign Language nominees in the third week of January 2014.