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Berlusconi jr applauds Sorrentino's Oscar nomination

Piersilvio Berlusconi heads company that produced Great Beauty

16 January, 18:08
Berlusconi jr applauds Sorrentino's Oscar nomination (ANSA) - Rome, January 16 - The son of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday applauded the success of Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) following its nomination for the best foreign film Academy Award, just four days after winning the best foreign film award at the Golden Globes.

"This is an international recognition of a talent and of the commitment of all Italians," said Piersilvio Berlusconi, vice-president of Mediaset-Medusa, the company that produced the film. "It shows great talent, in being able to recount a story that is decidedly local, that of Rome and Roman-ness".

Sorrentino was able represent universal values through his masterpiece, Berlusconi junior said. The Great Beauty is about the squalid world of Roman high society as seen through the eyes of a culture critic played by acclaimed Italian actor Toni Servillo, a veteran of five Sorrentino films. It is one of the most decorated films in Italy so far this season, having taken home five awards from Italy's Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) honors and the best cinematography prize at the Globi d'Oro, Italy's Golden Globes, as well as this week's Golden Globe - the first won by an Italian film since Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso in 1989. The 43-year-old Sorrentino has emerged as one of Italy's most respected directors over the last dozen years, with five of his seven feature films screening in competition in Cannes.