Paolo Sorrentino of The Great Beauty fame is making a movie based on former controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The film is rumored to be called Loro. The acclaimed Italian director whose films are mostly made in foreign languages has recently made HBO's The Young Pope. 

Sorrentino's other film based on a political figure was called Il Divo (2008). The subject of the film was Giulio Andreotti. Like Mr. Berlusconi, who reportedly sold his AC Milan football club in August, Mr. Andreotti was a high-ranking Italian statesman who has been hailed as the most prominent statesman in the country. He was in office as the Italian Prime Minister for seven years.

Variety has reported that Sorrentino's favorite actor Toni Sevillo who played the lead in the aforementioned Academy Award winner film The Great Beauty is most probably going to be cast as the lead in Loro. Mr. Sevillo has also played lead in the Italian director's other films such as The Consequences of Love (2004) and Gomorrah (2007). 

 The Great Beauty trailer.

Why a film about Silvio Berlusconi?

The former Italian Prime Minister is a powerful figure in society. His playboy antics gave him the notoriety that the Italian director craves for. Polo Sorrentino's movies. Mr. Berlusconi's career has been marked by sexual indiscretion, political scandals, and multiple trials. The Oscar-winning Italian director has more than one reason to make a film based on the former Italian premier - Silivio Berlusconi.

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The former Prime Minister was engulfed in a sex scandal in 2011 where Mr. Berlusconi was accused of having a 'paid' sexual relationship with the then 17-year-old Moroccan belly dancer Karima El Mahroug. Mr. Berlusconi was reported to have denied the allegations made against him by the teenager who has become famously known as "Ruby the heart-stealer." He had apparently laughed at the allegations and said, "I'm 74 years old and even though I may be a bit of a rascal, 33 girls in in two months seems to me too much even for a 30 year old."

After the so-called 'Ruby scandal' subsided the playboy former Prime Minister added that "it's better to be fond of young girls than be gay". He has been accused of inviting young girls  to his infamous "Bunga Bunga Parties" which were apparently being held at his house. CNN reported that prosecutors at the Ruby Scandal trial accused Mr. Berlusconi of paying Ruby the belly dancer, and scores of other young girls, for sexual gratification and for taking part in the "bunga bunga parties" at his residence. 

Sorrentino's reveals The Young Pope at Venice Film Festival

The Young Pope's two episodes starring Jude Law as an American pontiff had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival recently.

The show's premiere had a fantastic reception at the film festival where the models at the glamorous event also introduced the first underwear-less dresses to the world. Italian models Giulia Salemi and  Dayane Mello 'came out' wearing nothing and leaving everything to the shocked spectators' imagination at the film festival.  A UK tabloid ran a story stating that "the duo appeared to forget their underwear" altogether. The Mirror reported that the Italian models bared more than they bargained for in very revealing frocks as they walked the red carpet for the showing of the new HBO TV series The Young Pope Saturday. Unlike Loro, the ten-part HBO series has been filmed in English. The only feature film that Sorrentino filmed in English was last year's Youth; Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel escape the past in an alpine hotel in a follow-up to The Great Beauty.

The Young Pope trailer.