Draquila – L’Italia che trema
Sabina Guzzanti / Italy / 2010 / 97 min.
In 2009, at a time when Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's popularity was rapidly declining, the Italian town of Aquila suffered a devastating earthquake, which buried hundreds of people and left many thousands more homeless. The Italian prime minister immediately seized the opportunity, and endeavoured to convince those living on the Apennine peninsula that they had a capable man at the helm by making frequent visits to the stricken city and launching an ambitious rebuilding project, with a large dose of populist rhetoric. However, Sabina Guzzanti, the director of this sarcastic and very funny film, comes to a completely different conclusion about the Italian leader. Among other things, on the basis of a detective-style investigation into the entire case, she discovers the extent to which Berlusconi has been linked to the mafia-controlled construction industry since the start of his career. She also uncovers how his lawyers discreetly rewrite the country's laws, and she reveals the huge disparity between the Italian prime minister's media image and his actual activities, laden with corruption and countless scandals. With occasional biting humour, the director uses comicbook images and police wiretaps in a number of ironic montages to paint an unflattering portrait of her country's leader. The fact that the Italian culture minister boycotted the movie's premiere at Cannes shows that it hit home.