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3.6
67 Ratings

Belluscone. Una storia siciliana

Directed by Franco Maresco
Italy, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

Una storia siciliana. A film that was supposed to tell the story of the unique relationship between Berlusconi and Sicily through the misadventures of the Palermitan impresario of Neapolitan “neomelodic” singers and organizer of street festivals…

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Belluscone. Una storia siciliana Directed by Franco Maresco

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2014 | 2 wins including: Best Italian Film (Arca CinemaGiovani Award)

David di Donatello Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Documentary

Franco Maresco’s lo-fi mockumentary Belluscone: A Sicilian Story is one of the most curious films on this year’s Festival circuit, idiosyncratic in both its premise and execution… Unfortunately, it doesn’t come together into a cohesive whole – although it doesn’t intend to – but it also doesn’t offer much really in the way of any insight; it feels like a film with a focus spread too thinly, and with a light-hearted approach that obfuscates any tangible cultural or academic worth.
August 15, 2015
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Throughout the deconstructionist zigs and zags of the film, the boundaries between documentary and fiction are blurred beyond recognition, but it is precisely in doing so that Belluscone is able to achieve such an incisive probing of the modern Sicilian psyche and its key role in the rise of berlusconismo.
March 14, 2015
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Like Abbas Kiarostami in his similarly beguiling Close-Up, the film allows its participants to reenact events that seem to have already occurred in real life. But whereas Abbas harnessed the sincerity and passion of his subjects to yield something of a catharsis in both participant and viewer, Maresco turns his subjects into caricatures by bringing them into increasingly bold relief as he guides the film toward an aesthetically ambiguous and politically frustrated conclusion.
February 23, 2015
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