Videocracy

Directed by Erik Gandini

Release Year: 2009
Running Time: 85
Color Type: Color
Country: Sweden, Italy
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
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Screening Info
Cast
Fabio Calvi
Silvio Berlusconi
Ricky Canevali

Crew
Directed by Erik Gandini

In Silvio Berlusconi's Italy, if you're not on television, you're nobody. In VIDEOCRACY, director Erik Gandini reveals the seedy underbelly of the country's high-glitz, lowbrow, celebrity-obsessed culture promulgated by the near-monopoly of Berlusconi's media empire. Gandini gains unparalleled access to the halls of power, following a fascistic TV agent, narcissistic paparazzi, glassy-eyed reality "stars," and the young men and scantily-clad women auditioning to debase themselves on camera. All yearn to be FOB (friends of Berlusconi), from the "Italian Van Damme" to whit-suited billionaires, eager to please the president by actively shaping public opinion to his financial and political benefit. Utilizing a wide variety of damning footage, including a trivia show striptease, local TV girl auditions (they dance but are not allowed to talk), and a garish election campaign video ("Thank God for Silvio"), Gandini proves that Italy invests new meaning in the term "boob tube."

Critical Acclaim

"Brilliantly pulled off...a documentary horror sci-fi set in the present." - Screen International

FIVE STARS - Time out NY

Videocracy makes spooky comedy of a nation’s addiction to fame. - The Boston Globe

Pulsing with incredulity and dread, it's less a fully developed argument than the seed of one. The central notion — the power of the image — is old but ever-relevant, and the particular players in this telling are the stuff of a satirist's dream. - The LA Times

Videocracy is a queasy-funny and unapologetically biased look at the televisual world that the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has created." - The New York Times

Awards

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY -

    • Indiewire Critic's Poll
    • Toronto Film Festival 2009.

    World Premiere - Venice Film Festival 2009

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