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Italophiles and political junkies will be enthralled by bold satirist Sabina Guzzanti's new documentary which examines the aftermath of an April 2009 earthquake that devastated the historic city of L'Aquila, the capital of Italy's wildly beautiful region of Abruzzo.
The earthquake killed more than 300 people, destroyed artworks of global importance and left the majority of the city's residents homeless. In this impassioned documentary, Guzzanti alleges that the disaster was used by the government for political gain, approaching her theme in a systematic way, cleverly and humorously building her case and making good use of her background as a satirist and comedian to keep the audience engaged.
DRAQUILA was officially selected to screen at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival as a Special Screening and received a standing ovation.
Titolo originale: Draquila - L'Italia che trema
Regia: Sabina Guzzanti
Durata: 95 minuti
Lingua: In Italian with English subtitles
Beginning from the earthquake in L'Aquila in 2009 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_L%27Aquila_earthquake), the film investigates the way the "Protezione Civile (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protezione_Civile)" reacted to the catastrophe. It is shown as an extension of the government, not respecting the law, and putting political service above its responsibilities for the crisis. Sabina Guzzanti caricatures Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvio_Berlusconi) and is critical of the government, especially Berlusconi and Guido Bertolaso, the chief of the Protezione Civile. She presents the Italian opposition as invisible and ineffective.
Documentario di Sabina Guzzanti sul post-terremoto in Abruzzo. "Trema l'Italia. Per i privilegi di pochi, per le leggi ad personam, per l'appropriazione indebita dei fondi pubblici, per la corruzione, per le caste, per i servizi negati ai cittadini, per la speculazione edilizia. Trema e si sgretola lentamente. Non restare a guardare. Dai una scossa al cambiamento. Il diritto di espressione è il cemento della democrazia." (dal sito ufficiale del film)
Progetto per l'evento:
4:00 pm: Sign in, enjoy complimentary beverages and popcorn during the film. 4:15 pm: Program begins with introductions and film 6:00 pm: The film will be followed by discussion in the theater. Prezzo:
$8 online with your RSVP here. Advance ticket purchase is the only guarantee of a seat. If you don't have Paypal, it's still possible to pay online. Click here for instructions. (http://www.meetup.com/italiano/pages/How_to_Pay_Online_without_a_Paypal_Account/) $10 at the door (cash only, no credit/debit card processing) Trailer:
Review (in English) (http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/89070/draquila_italy_trembles.html) Hollywood Reporter Review (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/draquila-italy-trembles-film-review-29570) Recensione (in italiano) (http://www.comingsoon.it/News_Articoli/Recensioni/Page/?Key=1798) A document called "Cineforum Italiano - Draquila" can be found on the "Files" page of our website with more background information: http://www.meetup.com/italiano/files/
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