Sicily, Bagheria. A mother and her five handsome sons return to their ancient family home, a beautiful yet visibly eroded Sicilian Villa, which they restore to its former glory….
Dolce & Gabbana has united 3 of the most eminent figures in Italian cinema in a film which recounts the inspiration behind the Dolce Rosa Excelsa scent, and celebrates the launch of Dolce Rosa Excelsa with a short film that brings together three of the biggest stars in Italian cinema: director Giuseppe Tornatore, composer Ennio Morricone and actress Sophia Loren.
It was an honour to work with these three masters of Italian cinema who bring our creative vision to life. Sophia Loren embodies Italian beauty across the world. We love Giuseppe’s sensibility, his perception of Sicily is the same as ours, so working with him feels very natural. Ennio Morricone’s music has always been a part of our culture, so it gives the story a celebratory, Italian feel.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana
Following the first act, entitled ‘Rinascita’ (‘rebirth’) are acts II and III, called ‘Festa’ (‘party’) and ‘Meravigliosa’ (‘wonderful’) respectively
Rich in symbolism, suggestion and emotions, the new film sees three Oscar winners bring the story of the new female fragrance to life. The Dolce Rosa Excelsa film opens with a determined Sophia Loren, a mother of five sons advancing towards the screen.
Sophia Loren takes the role of the strong female matriarch, leading the restoration of a large Sicilian estate, Villa Valguarnera di Bagheria near Palermo. She is the driving force behind the family and the restoration of their ancestral home, and typically of Loren’s film persona, she proves not to be averse to getting her hands dirty.
Her character is juxtaposed to that of Rosa, played by Dolce & Gabbana testimonial Kate King, who comes into view in the second part of the film, once the restoration is completed. Rosa’s beauty strikes one of Loren’s sons who in a bid to capture her heart, picks the most beautiful rose from the garden and offers it to her.
What comes next is at the base of the inspiration of the fragrance: Rosa being gifted with a rose by the young man is secondary, it is her offering the rose to Loren which bares the most significance. It is a meeting between two women from two different generations. A meeting filled with symbolism, beauty and tradition. A highly-charged cascade of spirit and elegance, the encounter is as timeless as the Rose itself.
Sophia Loren, the 81 year old muse and an icon of womanhood and timelessness, recently had already lent her unforgettable features to Dolce & Gabbana for the campaign of Sophia Loren No.1 Lipstick and continues to inspire the designers and cements her rapport with them with her performance in this film.
The Dolce Rosa Excelsa film opens with a determined Sophia Loren advancing towards the screen. As the mother of five sons she takes the role of the strong female matriarch, leading the restoration of a large Sicilian estate.
The house is restored to its former splendour and the whole town is invited to a party to celebrate. The striking Rosa, played by Kate King, catches the eye of Sophia’s youngest son. Stricken by her beauty. Sophia Loren then joins the others in the garden for the party. Kate approaches and offers her the rose.
It is an encounter between two women from two different generations. A meeting filled with symbolism, beauty and tradition as timeless as the rose itself.
The Dolce Rosa Excelsa film features creative themes and symbolism synonymous with Dolce & Gabbana’s creative vision. This begins with the most fascinating and unique of all flowers, the Rose; a recurrent motif seen throughout Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s runway collections and the inspiration for this new scent. Finally, there is the inescapable fusion of tradition and modernity that has always characterised Dolce & Gabbana. The innocence of youth and the wisdom of everlasting values are echoed in the meeting between Kate and Sophia, which brings the film to a close.
Rich in symbolism, suggestion and emotions, the new film sees three Academy Award winners bring the story of the new female fragrance to life: director Giuseppe Tornatore, composer Ennio Morricone, actress Sophia Loren.
Dolce Rosa Excelsa marks the fifth collaboration and on-going relationship between the Designers and Giuseppe Tornatore. While the Oscar winner and 2016 Oscar nominated Ennio Morricone soundtrack ties together the direction, protagonists and inspiration of the film with his signature notes.