You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Italian politics stalks Venice stage

Alessandra Mussolini tries to block 'Francesca'

Italo politics continue to crop up in strange ways with movies unspooling on the Lido.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prompted a stir by praising what he saw as an anti-Communist message in Giuseppe Tornatore’s fest opener, “Baaria,” now Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Italian WWII fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, has taken legal action to stop two screenings of Horizons opener, “Francesca.”

“Francesca,” by Romanian helmer Bobby Paunescu, depicts the xenophobic treatment of Romanian immigrants in Italy where right wing politician Alessandra Mussolini reportedly said that “Romanians have rape in their DNA.”

In the pic a Romanian immigrant refers to Mussolini as a slut — prompting her ire and the law suit.

“Just as a precaution, we pulled two public screenings outside the Lido, which had been scheduled to follow the official ones,” said Domenico Procacci, whose Fandango is the Italian distributor for “Francesca.” “But we have no intention of pulling ‘Francesca’ from theatrical distribution, which is slotted for October.

“Worst case scenario we will dub the word ‘slut’ into ‘saint,’ ” he joked.

Meanwhile, Swedish/Italian helmer Erik Gandini’s documentary “Videocracy” has opened strongly at the local box office, coming in at No.4 on Friday, after its trailers were censored by Italo broadcasters RAI and Mediaset.

“Videocracy” links the deterioration of Italian morals and culture to the rise of Berlusconi’s Mediaset commercial TV empire and unspooled as a special event in Critics’ Week and Venice Days.

Fandango is distribbing the doc and Procacci now has high hopes that it will pull in more than e1 million ($1.4 million) in Italy.

More Film

  • London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart

    London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart to Take Year-long Sabbatical

    Italo politics continue to crop up in strange ways with movies unspooling on the Lido. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prompted a stir by praising what he saw as an anti-Communist message in Giuseppe Tornatore’s fest opener, “Baaria,” now Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Italian WWII fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, has taken legal action to stop two […]

  • Directors Zvyagintsev, Weerasethakul and Rosi Booked

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Gianfranco Rosi Booked for Qumra

    Italo politics continue to crop up in strange ways with movies unspooling on the Lido. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prompted a stir by praising what he saw as an anti-Communist message in Giuseppe Tornatore’s fest opener, “Baaria,” now Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Italian WWII fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, has taken legal action to stop two […]

  • Berlinale's Panorama Looks at Body Politics

    Berlinale 2018: Panorama Section Focuses on ‘Body Politics’ and ‘Resistance to Machismo’

    Italo politics continue to crop up in strange ways with movies unspooling on the Lido. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prompted a stir by praising what he saw as an anti-Communist message in Giuseppe Tornatore’s fest opener, “Baaria,” now Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Italian WWII fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, has taken legal action to stop two […]

  • ‘Guilty Men’ Sweeps Colombia's 6th Macondo

    ‘Guilty Men’ Sweeps Colombia's 6th Macondo Awards

    Italo politics continue to crop up in strange ways with movies unspooling on the Lido. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prompted a stir by praising what he saw as an anti-Communist message in Giuseppe Tornatore’s fest opener, “Baaria,” now Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Italian WWII fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, has taken legal action to stop two […]

  • Madrid’s ECAM Pacts With Torino, Rotterdam

    ECAM Pacts with Torino, Rotterdam on First Incubator Projects

    Italo politics continue to crop up in strange ways with movies unspooling on the Lido. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prompted a stir by praising what he saw as an anti-Communist message in Giuseppe Tornatore’s fest opener, “Baaria,” now Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Italian WWII fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, has taken legal action to stop two […]

  • Andrew DuncanMomentum Pictures with The Cinema

    'Florida Project' Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims

    Italo politics continue to crop up in strange ways with movies unspooling on the Lido. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prompted a stir by praising what he saw as an anti-Communist message in Giuseppe Tornatore’s fest opener, “Baaria,” now Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Italian WWII fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, has taken legal action to stop two […]

  • 'Antiporno' Review

    Film Review: 'Antiporno'

    Italo politics continue to crop up in strange ways with movies unspooling on the Lido. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi prompted a stir by praising what he saw as an anti-Communist message in Giuseppe Tornatore’s fest opener, “Baaria,” now Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Italian WWII fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, has taken legal action to stop two […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content