After taking an acclaimed trip to television with “The Young Pope,” Paolo Sorrentino is readying his return to the big screen this year with “Loro.” The Italian-language drama stars Toni Servillo as Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon who served as the Prime Minister of Italy from June 2001 to May 2006.
According to new report from Variety, Sorrentino is splitting “Loro” into two films after he fell in love with the footage in the editing room and decided he didn’t want to cut anything out in order for the film to be a single theatrical release. The first installment of “Loro” is eyeing an Italian release on April 24, right before the Cannes Film Festival, with the second part readying a debut in Italy at the end of May. Sources confirm to Variety that Sorrentino has submitted the film to the Cannes Film Festival.
Sorrentino was last in theaters in 2015 with “Youth,” which competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes. His television limited series “The Young Pope,” starring Jude Law, premiered in the U.S. on HBO over a year ago in January 2017.
Watch the first footage form “Loro” in the teaser below.