DNR Filmclub | La Grande Belleza (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)

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New Italian Cinema

Di 24 sep | 20.15 uur GROTE ZAAL | Online €6 | Kassa €7 | Ooievaarspas 50%

La Grande Belleza (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013) + Lecture: New Italian Cinema by Jeroen Bons (University of Amsterdam) 

For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the lavish nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome itself, in all its monumental glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and an award-winning central performance by the great Toni Servillo, this transporting experience by the brilliant Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is a breathtaking Felliniesque tale of decadence and lost love.

* Before the film, Jeroen Bons (University of Amsterdam) will give a lecture about New Italian Cinema: Made in Italy: The Spectacle of La grande bellezza

Jeroen Bons
Jeroen Bons completed his Master’s degree in Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam. With a notable love and fascination for Rome and Italian film history, he wrote his thesis on an aesthetic turn in Italian film history from (neo)realism to contemporary forms of aesthetic spectacle. During this project, he received a scholarship for a research stay at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. After graduating in 2019, he is now committing to a life as a screenwriter at the Netherlands Film Academy.