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by Franco Maresco


The film critic Tatti Sanguineti arrives in Palermo to find out what has happened to Franco Maresco’s unfinished movie: Belluscone. Una storia siciliana. A film that was supposed to tell the story of the unique relationship between Berlusconi and Sicily through the misadventures of the Palermitan impresario of Neapolitan “neomelodic” singers and organizer of street festivals, Ciccio Mira—an undaunted supporter of Berlusconi, nostalgic for the old days’ Mafia— and two artists in his stable, Erik and Vittorio Ricciardi, who perform in the squares of Palermo a song entitled “Vorrei conoscere Berlusconi” (“I Want to Meet Berlusconi”). The film focuses on three failures: the political and human one of a Berlusconi now on the wane; that of the unfortunate and “slapdash” Ciccio Mira, rooted in an old but tenacious culture; and finally, the artistic one of the director, who chooses to disappear after realizing that tilting at political windmills is pointless, in a country that has long identified with Berlusconian “culture” and probably continues to do so.

original title: Belluscone, una storia siciliana
country: Italy
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Franco Maresco
film run: 95'
release date: IT 04/09/2014
screenplay: Franco Maresco, Claudia Uzzo
cast: Ciccio Mira, Salvatore De Castro, Vittorio Ricciardi, Tatti Sanguineti, Salvatore Ficarra, Valentino Picone
cinematography by: Luca Bigazzi, Irma Vecchio, Tommaso Lusena De Sarmiento
film editing: Franco Maresco
art director: Cesare Inzerillo, Nicola Sferruzza
producer: Rean Mazzone, Luca Guadagnino, Anna Vinci, Fausto Amato, Sila Berruti
production: Dream Film Ila Palma, Frenesy, Sicilia Consulenza
distributor: Parthénos
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