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Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Young Pope’ stars Jude Law, Diane Keaton, and Silvio Orlando this is the binge watch of 2017. Law is Lenny Belardo “the young pope”, the controversial Pope Pius XIII, Keaton, Sister Mary, and Orlando is Cardinal Voiello; in the season opener the scene is set.
Voiello’s thinks that the Pope’s youth will make him easy to control, but it becomes quickly obvious that Lenny is taking this “leader of the Catholic Church” thing pretty seriously and he’s nobody’s puppet.
He brings Sister Mary, the nun who basically raised him as an orphan, to Rome to serve as his assistant, a job that was supposed to go to someone else, and Voiello sees that he’s going to have to change tactics if he’s going to keep his footing in this new Vatican regime. Things go from bad to worse when the Pope wants American coffee and Voiello asks someone to get it for you, Lenny says, “No, I said that I wanted you to get it for me.”
Sicilian Ghost Story
Directed by Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia, who gave us the outstanding Salvo, Sicilian Ghost Story is one of the winners of the Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award. Billed as “Brothers Grimm meets Cosa Nostra”, Sicilian Ghost Story is about a 13-year-old Sicilian girl named Luna who refuses to accept the sudden disappearance of Giuseppe, the young boy she loves, when he is kidnapped because he is the son of a Mafia boss.
The Leisure Seekers
Director Paolo Virzì is gearing up to wow us yet another time in 2017 with this English language film that stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland who play a elderly runaway couple going on a cross-country journey in their vintage camper.
The script is written by Francesca Archibugi (Il Nome Del Figlio), Francesco Piccolo (Mia Madre), Stephen Amidon (Il Capitale Umano), and Virzi. It’s inspired by the novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian.
Suburra the TV Series
Netflix’s first Italian original series, Suburra, debuts in 2017 and is the prequel to the movie with the same name about present-day ties between organized crime and politics in the Italian capital.
The cast of characters include a corrupt member of parliament, Filippo Malgradi (Pierfrancesco Favino), Number 8 (Alessandro Borghi), the head of a powerful family that runs the territory, and Sebastiano (Elio Germano), a young event organizer, as well as corrupt religious leaders and rival mafiosi, including the Samurai (Claudio Amendola) who represents the most feared faction of Roman organized crime, all revealing an endemic system of corruption and rampant illegality on an international scale.