Sorrentino doesn't know, and he doesn't try to guess. His film is all ellipses; he doesn't even mention the tangentopoli scandal that at the end of Andreotti's final government led to the demise of the Christian Democrats. Andreotti, as you might expect, didn't find the movie elliptical enough; he walked out in the middle of it. They don't call him "Il divo" for nothing.
Editor's Note: In a previous version of this article, the movie Gomorrah was incorrectly identified as Gomorra. The correction has been made above.