Legal action taken by TV journo to block release
“Silvio Forever,” a scathing unauthorized biodoc about Italian media mogul-turned prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, will bow in local cinemas today despite last-minute legal action to block its release.
Distrib Lucky Red will release it on 108 screens even though TV journalist Rosanna Marani, who appears in the pic interviewing Berlusconi’s late mother, Rosa, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday.
Directed by Roberto Faenza and Filippo Macelloni, “Silvio Forever” chronicles Berlusconi’s rise to power from cruise ship crooner to TV tycoon to Italy’s longest-serving prime minister.
It zooms in on his judicial woes, sex scandals and blunders, such as when Berlusconi praised President Obama’s “suntan.”
There are scenes of Karima el Mahroug, aka Ruby, the Moroccan teen Berlusconi is accused of having sex with, performing as a pole dancer in a nightclub.
Doc is produced by Ad Hoc Film and based on research by Corriere Della Sera journos Gian Antonio Stella and Sergio Rizzo.
“Some people will see this film as very mean, and others will say it is not mean enough,” Stella said at the pic’s presser.
A trailer for “Silvio” was banned this month by pubcaster RAI, where Berlusconi holds sway, claiming it was offensive.
“The production has told us that rights have been cleared for all materials in the film,” a Lucky Red spokesman told Variety. “We find it suspect that Marani has tried to have the film pulled only two days before its release, knowing full well that we had used the images which she is now claiming are her property.”