Draquila - Italy Trembles (image 1)

Why do Italians vote for Berlusconi? One only needs to scratch the surface to see scandals breaking out everywhere.

Sabina Guzzanti

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

Draquila - Italy Trembles 2010

Draquila – L’Italia che trema

Directed by Sabina Guzzanti

Banned from television, Sabina Guzzanti, Italy’s answer to Michael Moore, delivers a spectacular indictment of the Berlusconi government’s self-serving response to the Aquila earthquake in April last year.

Italy In Italian with English subtitles
97 minutes DigiBeta

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Mario Amura
,
Clarissa Cappellani

Editor

Clelio Benevento

Music

Riccardo Giagni
,
Maurizio Rizzuto

With

Massimo Cialento
,
Stefania Pezzopane
,
Giovanni Lolli
,
Angelo Venti
,
Giustino Masciocco
,
Giuliano Santelli
,
Paola Agnello Modica
,
Giovanni Ciancio
,
Marta La Ponzina
,
Riccardo Corbucci
,
Manuele Bonaccorsi
,
Georg Frisch
,
Fausto Corti
,
Carlo Costantini
,
Antonio Ingroia
,
Vincenzo Macri
,
Fabrizio Curcio
,
Roberto De Marco
,
Enzo Boschi

Festivals

Cannes (Special Screenings) 2010

Elsewhere

This year’s Cannes Festival was officially boycotted by Italy for showing this spectacular indictment of the Berlusconi government’s self-serving response to the Aquila earthquake in April last year. Italy’s answer to Michael Moore, filmmaker Sabina Guzzanti has long since been banned from Italian TV, but Italians flock to her movies.

“Viva Sabina Guzzanti, who proves once again that satirists and (some) filmmakers are stepping up to fill the gaps left open by journalists in Italy, whose media is mostly in the hands of President Silvio Berlusconi… Guzzanti knows that a natural disaster is a photo-op godsend to politicians whose approval ratings are in freefall from corruption and sex scandals. So she probes deeper, narrowing in on the national Civil Protection Agency in charge of resolving the problems in Aquila… The editing, music and lively animated inserts add cohesion to this alarming story, and Guzzanti gives ample screen time to those who still see Berlusconi as a miracle worker and paternal savior.” — Natasha Senjanovic, Hollywood Reporter

“With a deft command of a complex structure, Sabina Guzzanti unpicks a multi-leveled, jaw-dropping scandal... No matter how shady you think Italian politics are, the film reveals them to be even worse.” — Nick James, Sight & Sound