SIN

Although widely considered a genius by his contemporaries of the 16th century, Michelangelo Buonarroti (Alberto Testone) is reduced to poverty and depleted by 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 Andrei Konchalovsky (Dear Comrades), SIN is a gripping reflection on the agony and ecstasy of individual greatness, and the profound humanity behind the legend of the Renaissance. In Italian with subtitles. (134 mins)

“Beauty and cruelty, inspiration and terror, magnificence and filth are commingled in virtually every scene of this pungent, passionate film. And yet this is exactly how it must have been.” – Kyle Smith, National Review

“An austere, demanding sit, Sin nevertheless has a stubborn integrity in exploring the competing forces of patronage and creative inspiration that Michelangelo confronted in the 16th century.” – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

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