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3 Great Italian Films of the 2010s

Great_Beauty

The Great Beauty

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Call Me By Your Name

3 Great Italian Films of the 2010s

Celebrating the airing of Frozen Valley, an Italian crime thriller in which a migrant’s smuggler is the prime suspect of the death of his nephew but becomes the main part to solve the crime, we have selected three must-see Italian productions of the 2010s. We consider these films epitomize the best of Italian filmmaking in the past decade, but for sure there are more you would like to see included.

The Great Beauty

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, The Great Beauty is a 2013 art drama film following the story of Jep Gambardella, a man that has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. After his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, he looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

The Great Beauty won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award in the same category.

Call Me By Your Name

Directed by Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name is a coming-of-age romantic drama, and part of the director’s thematic "Desire" trilogy, after I Am Love (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015). In the film, set in 1983, a romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Call Me by Your Name earned numerous accolades, including four nominations at the 90th Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and won Best Adapted Screenplay. The screenplay also won at the 23rd Critics' Choice Awards, 71st British Academy Film Awards, and the Writers Guild of America Awards 2017.

Youth

Starring A-list names like Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, and Rachel Weisz, Youth is another masterpiece by the one and only Paolo Sorrentino. In the film, a retired orchestra conductor is on vacation with his daughter and his best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday. As the characters reflect on their lives, the film delivers a story about the eternal struggle between age and youth, the past and the future, life and death, and commitment and betrayal.

The film premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or and had a positive critical response. At the 28th European Film Awards, Youth won Best Film, Best Director for Sorrentino, and Best Actor for Caine. It received one Academy Award nomination: Best Original Song.

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