Florence, early 16th century. Although widely considered a genius by his contemporaries, Michelangelo Buonarroti (Alberto Testone) is reduced to poverty from his struggle to finish the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When his commissioner and head of the Della Rovere nobility Pope Julius II dies, Michelangelo becomes obsessed with sourcing the finest marble to complete his tomb. The artist’s loyalty is tested when Leo X, of the rival Medici family, ascends to the papacy and charges him with a lucrative new commission – the façade of the San Lorenzo Basilica. Forced to lie to maintain favor with both families, Michelangelo is progressively tormented by suspicion and hallucinations, leading him to ruthlessly examine his own moral and artistic failings.
Written and directed by Oscar-nominated Russian auteur Andrei Konchalovsky, SIN had its world premiere as the special closing event of the Rome Film Festival.
“The veteran, Oscar-nominated director Andrei Konchalovsky’s sumptuously shot, rowdy, warts-and-all portrait of the artist Michelangelo shows that, at 82, the mercurial director has lost none of his ability to surprise… an intoxicating insight into an artist’s inspiration.” –Screen Daily
DIRECTED BY ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY
RUSSIA, ITALY | 2019 | ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES