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LORO, 2018, IFC Films, 150 min. 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. In Italian with English subtitles. Program begins with the Italian shorts “Magic Alps” (2018, 14 min. Dirs. Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi) and “Bismillah” (2018, 14 min. Dir. Alessandro Grande)