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The Young Pope


„The Young Pope“ ran 2016 in the festival cinema program.

He has had an Italian politician walk the fine line between power and criminality ("Il Divo"), sent a former rock star turned Nazi hunter on a road trip through the U.S. ("This Must Be The Place"), and had an aging bon vivant say goodbye to "his" Rome ("La Grande Bellezza"): It's true that there are a few constants running through Oscar® winner Paolo Sorrentino's work: Fame, power, transience and beauty, for example (as in his most recent film, "Youth") - and all of these constants are bundled together in what is perhaps Sorrentino's most ambitious undertaking to date - not only by Sorrentino, but also by Sky, which has teamed up with HBO and Canal+ on the "Young Pope" venture. At the center of the lavishly realized ten-part series is the fictional Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law), who was born Lenny Belardo and is thus the first head of the church from the USA. His work in the political and social tensions of the Vatican with all its string-pullers and decision-makers is just as central as the tensions and fractures that become apparent within the figure of this Pius himself: Between genius and deviousness, backwardness and modernity, doubt and faith, compassion and ruthlessness. One may be reminded, at least in phases, of Toni Servillo's Andreotti embodiment in "Il Divo", of Sean Penn's brooding pop star and of the hedonistic fixed star in "La Grande Bellezza". And, moreover, discover how superbly Sorrentino's keen eye for Italian conditions, his sense of beauty in decay, and his ambivalent character drawing lend themselves to a series undertaking of this magnitude. Nevertheless, "The Young Pope" is also everything that distinguishes the proverbial "Great Cinema," which is why it celebrated its acclaimed world premiere at the Venice Biennale. On the big screen we show this serial exceptional piece also at the Seriencamp.

For his first venture into serial drama, Oscar®- and Golden Globe-Winner Paolo Sorrentino ("La Grande Bellezza") combines the political aspects by his "Il Divo" with the beauty of Rome and the Vatican to tell the story of an unusual and highly fallible pope - portrayed by his charismatic lead Jude Law.