In the stunning new film for Dolce & Gabbana's Dolce Rosa Excelsa, the designers have tapped on three Italian treasures. The film was directed by Academy-award winner Giuseppe Tornatore and features a music score by composer Ennio Morricone. The cherry on the cake? An appearance by screen goddess Sophia Loren herself.
Say the designer, "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."
In the film Loren plays the mother of five sons and is the quintessential strong, Italian matriarch. The film is about her leading the restoration of a large Sicilian estate. The ancient family home — Villa Valguarnera di Bagheria near Palermo — has been vacant and has visibly eroded over time. Leading her sons, Loren restores the house and the grounds to its former glory — including unveiling beautiful frescoes. At the end of the film, she holds a party for the whole village. There, model Kate King who plays Rosa, catches the eye of one of her sons, who hands her a beautiful rose — symbolic of the fragrance. Watch the full director's cut below and marvel in the rich beauty of tradition and passion.