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Brussels sprouts ill feeling to Italy

Culture Ministry chief demands explanation for snub

Is Italy’s poor standing in Brussels rubbing off on the country’s producers?

That’s the question being debated by the local film community after none of the three pics submitted by Italo helmers got coin from pan-Euro film fund Eurimages.

Among those snubbed was Turkish-born Italo arthouse darling Ferzan Ozpetek’s “Hungry Heart,” which got a special mention but no moolah. All Ozpetek’s previous pics had made the cut and paid the dosh back.

Italian Culture Ministry’s film chief Gaetano Blandini has fired off an angry letter to Eurimages prexy Jacques Toubon demanding an explanation.

Incensed Italo industryites include arthouse shingle Mikado co-chief Roberto Cicutto, an old Eurimages hand, among those left dry this time.

“The truth is that Italians these days have very little clout in Brussels in just about all departments. We are just not able to get respect,” Cicutto laments.

The Eurimages snub coincides with the European Parliament’s rejection of Italy’s homophobic candidate for the justice commish, Rocco Buttiglione.

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