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  • Director

    Gérard Corbiau

  • Starring

    Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Jeroen Krabbé, Caroline Cellier

  • Run Time

    111 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Certificate


  • Language

    French; Italian

  • Subtitles


  • Format



Part of the House Guests: Young Fathers Season


A visually striking and sumptuous telling of the life and times of 18th century opera singer Carlo Broschi, also known as Farinelli.

Young Fathers say: "Art from atrocity is more precious. A statement we recognise from the pop world: Joy Division at number one in the hit parade on the back of Ian Curtis’ suicide; Bow Wow Wow on Top Of The Pops after some blatant pedophilic PR; Elton John’s remix/rewind as the ‘People’s Princess’ makes her way down the Mall to her grave. Isn’t it natural that the unspoken mutilation that made Farinelli’s ‘pop’ career in the 18th century possible also added the essential spice to titillate the punter’s palate?"

Screening as part of House Guests: Young Fathers - a special season of films at Filmhouse programmed by Edinburgh-based Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers.

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