Belluscone. A Sicilian Story (2014)
DVDRip | MKV | 716x574 | x264 @ 2091 Kbps | 89 min | 1,45 Gb
Audio: Italian AC3 2.0 @ 224 Kbps | Subs: English (embedded in MKV)
Sicilian filmmaker and satirist Franco Maresco is both the director and one of the subjects of Belluscone: A Sicilian Story (Belluscone: Una Storia Italiana), an occasionally hilarious wannabe-documentary about Maresco’s failed attempts to make a film about former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s alleged ties to the mafia. Only in a work by Maresco could this mean that Berlusconi remains entirely off-screen, while the director himself shares the spotlight with a film critic, a shady talent manager and two popular local singers who get into a fight over a song called I want to meet Berlusconi. A crowd-pleaser with left-leaning audiences in Italy, if its raucous Venice reception is any indication, this represents a tougher but not impossible sell abroad, as the film’s frame of reference is thoroughly local.