New from director Sydney Sibilia and coming to Netflix in 2020: The Incredible Story Of Rose Island (L’Incredibile Storia Dell’Isola Delle Rose).
We love Sydney Sibilia from his Smetto Quando Voglia movies, and if you haven’t seen the first one, it’s very funny: watch it this weekend!
Smetto Quando Voglio is a comedy about scientists turned drug dealers, but this one is based on a true story. In 1968 engineer Giorgio Rosa founded the independent micronation off the Rimini coast outside Italian territorial waters. The Incredible Story Of Rose Island ( of Rose Island ‘L’incredibile Storia Dell’isola Delle Rose) stars Elio Germano as Giorgio Rosa with Matilda De Angelis, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, and Luca Zingaretti.
The premise sounds hilarious: The Republic of Rose Island was a short-lived micronation on a man-made platform in the Adriatic Sea. In 1967, Italian engineer Giorgio Rosa funded the construction of a 400-square-metre (4,300 sq ft) platform supported by nine pylons, and furnished it with a number of commercial establishments, including a restaurant, bar, nightclub, souvenir shop and a post office.
As you can imagine, the Italian took issue with the Esperanto language “nation” and took immediate steps to put an end to it.