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By Roan JOHNSON

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Black comedy - Completed 2011

It’s the true life comic and absurd story of what happened to 3 youngsters in the 1970’s student movement. When news of an imminent coup spread like wildfire they fled the country, asking political asylum in Austria !

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Black comedy, First film
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • ITALIAN, GERMAN
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Roan JOHNSON
    • Writer(s)
    • Davide LANTIERI, Roan JOHNSON, Renzo LULLI, Francesco BRUNI
    • Producer(s)
    • Carlo DEGLI ESPOSTI (Palomar), Nora BARBIERI, Conchita AIROLDI (Urania Pictures), Patrizia MASSA, Rai Cinema
    • Synopsis
    • If anything happens we’ll be the first to go
      It’s the seventies. Italy is rolled by terrorism and among the students grows the idea that a military coup may be imminent.
      It all starts innocently when Renzo and Fabio go to Pino’s house for an audition. Pino is a sort of a transgressive ballad composer . His songs are all politics and rebellion to the establishment, and Renzo and Fabio dream of being accepted into the band. A muffled phone call and a swirling paranoia descends on the trio. Pino persuades the two would be musicians that they have to escape dragging them along in the only means of transport at hand: Renzo’s father ‘s old FIAT. But where to? They don’t’ really know . Finally the three feckless lefties decide to fly across the Austrian border escaping from a danger that - in fact - resides only in their imagination. Any little detail on the road, (a policeman having a coffee in a bar, a couple of militaries waiting at the train cross), is interpreted by the trio as a signal of the impending government power change.
      They crash the Austrian frontier seeking political asylum and wind up in jail, looking very stupid, and actually causing embarrassment to the Italian foreign office that is forced to face up to the protests of the Austrian Government. Although nothing could sound more incredible, the story in fact is true, and the three protagonists are nowadays still alive but probably somewhat wiser.
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