Bye Bye Berlusconi!
If you make a film against one of the richest and most powerful men in Europe, you run the risk of ending up not in the cinema, but in court. Especially when it is the current Prime Minister of Italy.
Spring 2005. A young, dedicated film crew from Genoa is planning a serious political film about the kidnapping of Silvio Berlusconi. The goal of the kidnappers is to finally bring Berlusconi to justice in a fair and independent trial, which he has successfully evaded in real life for years. This film should shake up Italy and lead to the prime minister being voted out of office in April 2006. On the very first day of shooting, however, it becomes clear that the ambitious filming team has overstretched itself with this project. The film is threatened with cancellation, and in order to protect themselves from Berlusconi’s legal attacks and to make their film recognizable as a satire, they use an absurd trick: they move the story from Italy to Duckburg without further ado. Whether that will be enough to prevent a threatened ban on the film, no one knows. It is certain, however, that this film will drive Silvio Berlusconi up the wall.
Cast: Jan Henrik Stahlberg, Franco Leo, Fabio Bezzi, Pietro Bontempo, Pietro Ragusa, Tullio Sorrentino, Lucia Chiarla, Maurizio Antonini, Nina Mair
Screenplay: Lucia Chiarla, Jan Henrik Stahlberg
Director: Jan Henrik Stahlberg
Camera: Nicolas Jorey
Composer: Rainer Oleak
Editing: Nicola Undritz
Production design: Carola Gauster
Costume: Elke Zetl
Mask: Samir Atar
Sound: Sebastian Riegel
Production management: Frank Zahl
Production management: Gunnar Juncken
Producer: Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny
Sponsor: The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (film award funds)
Production year: 2005/2006
- Berlinale 2006, Femina Film Award for Best Production Design
- Berlinale 2006 (Panorama)
- Festival Lubliana
- Festival Sao Paolo