Italian government to boycott Cannes
Italian Culture Minister Sandro Bondi announced Saturday that he will not attend this year’s Cannes Film Festival because of an Italian film which satirises Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The film Draquila – l’Italia che trema (Draquila – Italy trembles) by impressionist Sabina Guzzanti is part of the official selection but out of competition.
It criticises the Berlusconi government’s handling of last year’s Aquila earthquake.
Just four days before the festival opens on the French Riviera, Bondi has issued a statement slamming the film as “propaganda” and “an offence to the truth and the whole Italian people”.
In excerpts shown on television, Guzzanti, made up as Berloscuni, denounces alleged interference by people close to the government in reconstruction efforts.
In a magazine interview she claimed that the town’s residents were obliged to live in tents for six months so that the government could grab headlines when rehousing them last September.
“This film is a reflection on the country’s authoritarian tendencies,” Guzzanti told Articolo 21.