Milan, 19 May 2020 – Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino is the artistic director of the new issue of Vanity Fair, in newsagents from 20 May. In his hands, the magazine becomes a screenplay, a film in which a star-studded cast of actors, artists and celebrities are enlisted as writers. The project is inspired by The Great Beauty, the masterpiece that won the director an Academy Award in 2014, and it plays out in a brand-new multi-media enterprise halfway between film and publishing.

First and foremost, the cover of the magazine features a flock of pink flamingos photographed at night on the Spanish Steps in Rome by Alex Majoli and Paolo Sorrentino. It is an iconic and surreal vision which announces “Phase 4”, a dreamlike yet momentous moment to consider the post-lockdown future and the first tentative steps towards recovery. Each contributor is invited to imagine their own Phase 4. For Sorrentino, this phase coincides with the legendary Great Beauty of Italy, a treasure and an opportunity, an ocean of excellence to be contemplated and fished for any potential for rebirth. For the reader looking on, it is a call to commitment and imagination: anyone can send in their vision of the future using the hashtag #phase4 and including a photograph to illustrate their dreams for tomorrow.

Adding weight to the content of the magazine are a series of videos that showcase the director’s extensive work, all filmed in the Eternal City during the lockdown. For this special issue, Rome granted exclusive access to some of its greatest cultural highlights for reportage and artistic performances organized by Vanity Fair in collaboration with Paolo Sorrentino, which are documented in the magazine and the videos. These include the Galleria Borghese and the Teatro dell’Opera.

The issue includes contributions written by leading international stars, who describe personal experiences, suggestions and memories linked to Italian beauty: Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Willem Dafoe, Christoph Waltz, Jude Law, Wes Anderson, Jane Fonda, John Malkovich, Rachel Weisz and Woody Harrelson.

Italian fashion also plays a leading role: the designer Alessandro Michele contributes with a conversation with rapper Achille Lauro about the power of beauty in today’s culture.

Contemporary art is represented by Marina Abramović, who created an exclusive work in response to Sorrentino’s invitation.

Last but not least, Isabella Rossellini joins the magazine’s star-studded cast with the story of her own beauty, from memories of her parents Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini to her success as a worldwide icon of beauty and the big screen and her new role as activist, proponent and emblem of a new inclusive, feminist aesthetic.

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