Italy: Love It Or Leave It

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San Diego Italian Film Festival says
Director: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi
Cast: Frank Dabell
Year: 2011
Duration: 75'
Tickets: On Location (cash/credit card)
Cost: $10 ($8 SDIFF Members/Students/Military)

Directors will be guests at this screening!

Luca and Gustav are two young Italians have witnessed the exodus of many of their friends to Berlin, London or Barcelona - Creative, talented people who don’t see a future in their country. They’re fed up with the high cost of living, no job security, the feudal university system, reactionary attitudes and indifference to human rights, the clear sense that you don’t get anywhere just on merit. And they are tired of a country that appears to be mired in quicksand.
Gustav believes the time has come for them to go abroad, too, while Luca wants to convince him that there are many good reasons to stay, that Italy is full of passionate and committed people who every day carry on a silent battle to change things for the better.
They agree to give themselves 6 months to see if they can fall in love with their country again. They will go on a journey across their boot-shaped land in an old Fiat 500, in search of emblematic stories, anecdotes, people. A road trip to try and understand what’s left of their country, to unravel why it appears to still have the power to make people abroad dream, to make sense of its celebrated past and uncertain future. They’ll discover a country much divided, run through with contradictions, but on the edge of significant change. For however serious their findings are, this film is buoyant, clever, witty and charms while it gives true insight to this country we still want to love.
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