Italy: Love It or Leave It

Dir: Gustav Hofer & Luca Ragazzi (2011)


Luca and Gustav are two young Italians who over the past few years have witnessed the exodus of many of their friends to Berlin, London or Barcelona. Gustav believes the time has come for them to do the same, while Luca wants to convince him that there are many good reasons to stay.

So, they agree to give themselves 6 months to see if they can fall in love with their country again and embark on an Italian roadtrip in an iconic Fiat 500, in search of emblematic stories, anecdotes, people. Driving around “the boot” in a quest to understand what’s left of the Italy they grew up in, they’ll discover a country much divided, run through with contradictions, but on the edge of significant change.

After their acclaimed documentary Suddenly Last Winter (Winner: Italian Critics Award 2009, Special Jury Mention: Berlinale 2008) Luca and Gustav are back to take stock of today’s Italy, with their signature irony and sarcasm.

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Director: Gustav Hofer & Luca Ragazzi

Year: 2011

Language: Italian (with English subtitles)

Run Time: 75 mins

Rating: PG

"Playful animation, droll exchanges between the helming couple and some spectacular vistas...[Hofer & Ragazzi] are charmers, and their personal relationship and humor keep things buoyant."

- John Anderson, Variety

★☆ "Charming and convivial."

- Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail

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