Il Divo - Press Page
Awards & Festivals
Academy Awards® 2010 - Best Achievement in Make-up Nominee
Cannes Film Festival 2008 – Jury Prize
Cannes Film Festival 2008 – Nominated, Palme d'Or
European Film Award 2008 – Best Actor
"SENSATIONAL! Ranks alongside the best of Scorsese and Coppola.“ - The New York Times
Detailed Film Info
It is spring of 1991, legendary Italian statesman and longtime Christian Democrat leader Giulio Andreotti is about to begin his seventh term as Prime Minister. He will gather together his trusted cabinet, a notorious consortium of legislators, businessmen, cardinals and enforcers.
In the decade following the shocking kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro, Italy had been further rocked by high-profile killings. Fugitive Vatican banker Roberto Calvi was found hanged in 1982. That same year, Carabinieri General Carlo Alberto Della Chiesa was assassinated in Palermo. Loose-lipped Mafia banker Michele Sindona was poisoned in his prison cell in 1986. Seven years earlier, journalist Mino Pecorelli had been gunned down after publishing a cover story critical of Andreotti. But it is Moro?s condemning letters – written during the former Prime Minister?s 55 days of captivity – that continue to torment Andreotti as much as his chronic migraines.
Andreotti?s seventh government would last a little over a year, and he next sets his sights on what he believes will be his crowning achievement: Election to President of the Republic. But weeks before the ballot vote, trusted cabinet member and long-rumored Mafia associate Salvo Lima is shot to death in Sicily. Shortly thereafter, equally controversial cabinet member Vittorio Sbardella – aka „The Shark? – quits the faction.
Andreotti and his remaining group are quietly confident of their victory. Yet the joint session of Parliament is immediately overshadowed by the murder of government prosecutor Giovanni Falcone. In an era infamous for brazen Mafia assassinations, Falcone?s death – by a massive explosion detonated under a Palermo highway – is startling in its ferocity. Later, in one of the most volatile sessions in Parliamentary history, Andreotti loses the Presidency by a significant margin to fellow Christian Democrat Oscar Luigi Scalfaro. “If there were direct elections for President of the Republic,” Andreotti says in private, “I would?ve won.”
Soon after, many high-ranking members of the Christian Democrats are charged with corruption and extortion. Several commit suicide. This „Bribesville? scandal intensifies, but Andreotti remains untouched. As his party crumbles, journalists begin to whisper of a vast conspiracy that may center on Andreotti. “You?re either the most cunning criminal in the country because you never got caught,” journalist Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica tells Andreotti, “or you?re the most persecuted man in the history of Italy.”
With the 1993 arrest of Cosa Nostra „Boss of Bosses? Salvatore „Toto?? Riina, the nation has an expectation of not only justice for the Falcone killing, but of the tantalizing possibility that prosecutors can finally connect the Mafia, Masonic Lodge P2, the Vatican and Andreotti to nearly two decades of corruption and carnage. When Mob turncoats begin to spin increasingly fantastic tales of Riina?s secret meetings with Andreotti, judges proceed with an unprecedented investigation of the seven-time Prime Minister and Senator for Life. “We can?t allow the end of the world in the name of what?s right,” Andreotti says. “We have a divine task. We must love God greatly to understand how necessary evil is for good. God knows it, and I know it too.” In what is called “The Trial Of The Century,” Italy?s most powerful, feared and enigmatic leader will stand accused of Mafia collusion and murder.