ITALY : LOVE IT, OR LEAVE IT
75 minutes, 2011
Directors : Gustav HOFER et Luca RAGAZZI (Italy)
Production : Hiq Productions (Italy)
Two Italians, two different visions of their homeland: while Gustav wants to emigrate, his companion Luca wants to prove that there are still great people on the peninsula. From the worsening working conditions at Fiat to property speculation disfiguring the Calabrian coast, there are many reasons for despair. But when Luca introduces Gustav to a Sicilian entrepreneur fighting the Mafia, or the amazing communist, catholic and homosexual who governs the region of Puglia, he convinces him that all is not lost. Gustav eventually reconsiders his position and regains hope.
Gustav HOFER was born in 1976 in Italy, Alto Adige (South Tyrol). He studied communication in Vienna (Austria) before studying film in London. He lives in Rome, where he is a correspondent for the television channel Arte. He works as a freelance journalist and independent filmmaker. As a director, he made “Korea Prioritaria” in 2002, “Men for all Seasons” in 2005 and “Suddenly, Last Winter” in 2008.
Luca RAGAZZI, was born in 1971 at Rome. He is a journalist, film critic and photographer. He studied literature and philosophy at Rome. “Suddenly, Last Winter” was his first film as director.