I was reading a recent interview with Domenico Procacci, founder of Italian production company Fandango, and it looks like he’s out for blood and no funny business this year. He says he wants to distance himself from comedies “at all costs” for the next season. He says that comedies can’t be the only way to tell a story, and that they are not as easily exported. I’ve always believed that Italy has exported the wrong comedies, ones that Americans, for instance, can’t relate to, but that’s another argument.
Procacci has released the short list of projects for the immediate future and on that list is more proof of the edginess that seems to be on the horizon for Italian movies – “Diaz – Don’t Clean Up This Blood” will star Elio Germano (best actor – “La Nostra Vita”) and begin shooting this summer. Variety Magazine says that Procacci is “going out on a limb with this one”. It’s about something that nobody has really wanted to talk about – the infamous police brutality against anti-globalization protesters at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa. Dozens of police officers were accused of committing and covering up a police raid that was described as a “butcher’s shop” and it’s one of the worst cases of police brutality in Italy’s history. The title – “don’t clean up this blood” refers to a phrase on the wall of the Diaz school in Genoa at the scene of the incident.
Procacci said that because of Berlusconi’s control of the media that “nobody wants to touch this movie”, so he’s putting up 60% of the money himself. Move over Nanni Moretti – there’s a new filmmaker in town that is willing to stand up to the prime minister. Procacci has produced many successful films like Moretti’s “Habemus Papam” (We have a pope), “Barney’s Version” and “Gomorra”.