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. Creative, talented people who don’t see a future in their country. They’re fed up with the high cost of living, the lack of job security, the feudal university system, the generally reactionary attitudes and indifference to human rights, the clear sense that you don’t get anywhere just on merit. Tired of a country that appears to be mired in quicksand.

Gustav believes the time has come for them to go abroad too while Luca wants to convince him that there are many good reasons to stay, that Italy is full of passionate and committed people who every day carry on a silent battle to change things for the better.

They agree to give themselves 6 months to see if they can fall in love with their country again. They will go on a journey across their boot-shaped land in an old Fiat 500, in search of emblematic stories, anecdotes, people. A road trip to try and understand what’s left of their country, to unravel why it appears to still have the power to make people abroad dream, to make sense of its celebrated past and uncertain future. 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 of the Italian Critics Award in 2009 and of a Special Jury Mention at the Berlinale in 2008, and featured in 200 festivals worldwide) 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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