A charismatic monk named Roberto Salus is a guest at a meeting of G8 finance ministers held at a luxury hotel on the Baltic coast. But who invited the taciturn friar in the snow-white habit? And who killed one of the financiers who are planning radical changes to the world economic order?
- Silver Ribbon (Best Cinematography) - Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
- Ecumenical Jury Prize - Karlovy Vary IFF
- Toni Servillo
- Daniel Auteil
- Lambert Wilson
- Connie Nielsen
- Pierfrancesco Favino
- Roberto Andò
- Angelo Pasquini
- Maurizio Calvesi
- Clelio Benevento
- Nicola Piovani
- TRUE COLOURS
- BIBI FILM TV
Succeeds in striking a balance between a desire for realism and a parable on power.
Enjoyable by the general audience, as his elegant mise en scène and voluntarily classical composition — often perfectly geometrical, with intimate closeups on faces, bolstered by Nicola Piovani’s graceful score — makes the narration instantly readable.
There is much to chuckle over as the plodding, plotting politicos are outmaneuvered by the monk’s sheer goodness.
Roberto Andò was born in Palermo and while very young worked as assistant director to Francesco Rosi and Federico Fellini followed by work with Michael Cimino and Francis Ford Coppola. He made his mark with works like FORESTA-RADICE-LABIRINTO with music by Francesco Pennisi and sets by Renato Guttuso based on an unpublished text offered to Andò by its author Italo Calvino; LA SABBIA DEL SONNO action for for music and film with music by Luciano Berio and Marco Betta; LE ESEQUIE DELLA LUNA an imaginary story inspired by a text by Lucio Piccolo with music by Francesco Pennisi and sets by Enzo Cucchi; LA MADRE INVITA A COMER, a work by Luis De Pablo to a libretto by Vincente Molina-Foix which was presented in Venice as part of the Music Biennale; MITTERSILL 101, a theatre work with music by Giovanni Sollima and text by Dario Oliveri and dedicated to the composer Anton Webern. In 1994 he collaborated with the director Daniele Abbado and with Nicola Sani on the multi-media work FRAMMENTI SULL'APOCALISSE presented at the Festival Roma Europa and featuring Moni Ovadia. This set in motion a period of intense creativity that culminated in two notable and very successful works, DIARIO IRONICO DALL'ESILIO and IL CASO KAFKA. Between 1994 and 1998 he directed the videos ROBERT WILSON/MEMORY LOSS and PER WEBERN 1883-1945: VIVERE E' DIFFENDERE UNA FORMA, as well as RITRATTO DI HAROLD PINTER, all of which were presented at the Venice Film Festival, as was the feature film DIARIO SENZA DATE (1995) with Bruno Ganz and which was awarded a number of prizes. In 1999 he directed the opera LE MARTYRE DE SAINT SEBASTIEN by Claude Debussy with libretto by Gabriele D'Annunzio at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and produced the film IL MANOSCRITTO DEL PRINCIPE with Michel Bouquet, Jeanne Moreau and Leopoldo Trieste which was presented at all the major worldwide film festivals. From 1990 to 1995 he was Artistic Director of the theatre and film section of the Orestiadi di Gibellina and he recently took on the same role for the Festival di Palermo sul Novecento (20th century festival). In 2000 he directed THE ROOM and THE ANNIVERSARY by Harold Pinter in Palermo, and he directed NORMA for the Festival Verdi at the Teatro Regio di Parma staring June Anderson. Recent works include directing THE MAGIC FLUTE in 2001 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, TANCREDI in 2002 at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, LA MEMORIA DELL'OFFESA with Harvey Keitel in 2002 at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and OLD TIMES by Harold Pinter staring Greta Scacchi in 2004 presented by Emilia Romagna Teatro. His latest project is THE CONFESSIONS.