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Acclaimed director Giuseppe Tornatore reunites with renowned composer Ennio Morricone for THE BEST OFFER, a dramatic mystery set in the high-stakes world of European art auctions.

A story centered on an eccentric art auctioneer and his obsession with an heiress/collector.

  • Some forgeries are worth the ultimate price.

Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession as a high-end antique dealer. One day Virgil receives a phone call from a mysterious young heiress, Claire Ibbetson (Sylvia Hoeks), who asks him to evaluate some family works of art. It will be the beginning of a relationship that will change his life forever.

Virgil Oldman: Are you married?
Lambert: Yes. Nearly 30 years.
Virgil Oldman: What's it like, living with a woman?
Lambert: Like taking part in an auction. You never know if yours will be 'the best offer'.

It can be explained as a film about art, seen as the sublimation of love, but also as a film about love, seen as the product of art.


Giuseppe Tornatore: The plot of the movie has a very simple narrative pattern: It's a love story that follows the thriller weaving without being a thriller - there are no murders, no killed people, no police, no investigators. The protagonist is an accomplished and highly esteemed auctioneer, an art connoisseur with a very complex personality. He is called by a young woman who entrusts him with the sale of the furniture and the paintings of her ancient villa. It will slowly become a very complex relationship that will bring our character to a total overturn of his personality, his way of relating to life, to the world, and to other people.

Geoffrey Rush: I read the script and it was what we call a 'page-turner' - integration of multiple storylines, fascinating characters, extraordinary twists and turns and a very high level of art. This is scriptwriting that you don't see that often!

I play the character of Virgil, who's a well-established, high-flying, highly respected art expert. He's very representative of old European history and heritage and culture. He's extremely wealthy, he's extremely knowledgeable, he's also extremely lonely.

My character also works as an auctioneer - so these are guys with big egos - the tension in an auction room is like great courtroom dramas, for example. The stakes are always very high because they might be dealing with a painting that's worth tens of millions of euros and it would be sold in sixty seconds. He's able to detect whether a painting is a fake or an authentic masterpiece.

Jim Sturgess: Robert is a young guy who owns a workshop. He can pretty much fix anything, whether it be some digital kind of computer or old typewriter. To play this character it was important to me to feel comfortable in the workshop, as that's where Robert existed and where he lives in the whole of this film.

So I spent some time fiddling and playing around with cogs, wheels, and screws, just so when I held those objects in my hands I had some sort of relationship with them and felt like I had the ability to fix whatever I needed to fix just like as Robert would have done. It's him that Virgil goes to when he finds some mysterious pieces of ancient machinery. There's a real kind of admiration and respect between the two of them.

I liked a lot how Giuseppe has involved this automaton between the characters of Virgil and Robert. Their relationship grows as they add new pieces towards the automaton and while they build this machinery and it grows and grows, as does Virgil emotionally, becoming more and more human.

Sylvie Hoeks: This film to me was a surprise, after a surprise. When you think something is going to happen in a way, there's an unexpected twist and turn. Tornatore is an amazing director. Every move you make, every flicker in your eye, every heartbeat.

I always find it hard to tell about a character. I love diving into other people's minds and hearts and feelings, but it's also me putting a lot of myself in the role. To me, it's been hard to analyze exactly who Claire Ibbetson is. She is actually two women, she is even more women. She's a mysterious character in the film and I I'd rather not give you any spoilers...

The Best Offer Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writing Credits

Giuseppe Tornatore


Geoffrey Rush

Jim Sturgess

Sylvie Hoeks

Donald Sutherland

Philip Jackson

Dermot Crowley

Kiruna Stamell

Liya Kebede

John Benfield

Music by

Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

Fabio Zamarion

Category: EFA, European Film Award Winner

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Country: Italy

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