ITALY LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT

By Gustav HOFER, Luca RAGAZZI

HIQ PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2011

Luca and Gustav have to decide: should they stay in Italy, or leave it, like so many of their friends have
done already. Looking for reasons not to do the same, the two Italians jump into their old Fiat 500 and go
on a emotional trip through their country to find out: Italy, love it, or leave it?

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ITALY, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • ITALIAN, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 75 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Gustav HOFER, Luca RAGAZZI
    • Writer(s)
    • Gustav HOFER, Luca RAGAZZI
    • Producer(s)
    • Gustav HOFER (hiq productions), Vania DEL BORGO
    • Synopsis
    • Tuscan fields, bel canto arias, slow food and movie stars are some of the images synonymous with one of the world’s most adored cultures. Yet many of filmmakers Luca Regazzi and Gustav Hofer’s disenchanted friends have recently emigrated from Italy. Before following suit, the Italian couple decides to take a six-month road trip across the country to investigate the extent to which current realities outweigh the icons of la dolce vita. Throughout their exploration they witness multiple examples of staggering corruption, an increasingly lower standard of living, environmental hazards and intransigent fanaticism. Simultaneously, however, they encounter loyal crusaders who feel unequivocally compelled to make their homeland a better place. In an astute manner and with quirky Felliniesque animation, the film further tantalizes us with Italy’s glorious past and future potential. Will the pair decide to leave or stay? Their journey tells it all.
    • Partners & financing
    • NDR arte, WDR, RAI 3, MEDIA
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Apr 01, 2011
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