If Youth makes a probable appearance at Cannes next month, it will mark the fifth time a Paolo Sorrentino film has been nominated for the Palm d’Or. Il Divo won the Jury Prize in 2008 and This Must Be the Place won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in 2011. (Thanks to Bryce for bringing this to our attention.) The Great Beauty won the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014. Donatello nominations and wins too numerous to list. Sorrentino finally won an Oscar for The Great Beauty in 2014 because it only takes the Academy about 10 years to get a clue.
“Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Micks enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.”