Videocracy

Directed by Erik Gandini

Year: 2009
Running Time: 85
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: Sweden, Italy
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
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Videocracy

Cast
Fabio Calvi
Silvio Berlusconi
Ricky Canevali

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Directed by Erik Gandini


In Silvio Berlusconi's Italy, if you're not on television, you're nobody. In VIDEOCRACY, director Erik Gandini reveals the seedy underbelly of the country's high-glitz, lowbrow, celebrity-obsessed culture promulgated by the near-monopoly of Berlusconi's media empire. Gandini gains unparalleled access to the halls of power, following a fascistic TV agent, narcissistic paparazzi, glassy-eyed reality "stars," and the young men and scantily-clad women auditioning to debase themselves on camera. All yearn to be FOB (friends of Berlusconi), from the "Italian Van Damme" to whit-suited billionaires, eager to please the president by actively shaping public opinion to his financial and political benefit. Utilizing a wide variety of damning footage, including a trivia show striptease, local TV girl auditions (they dance but are not allowed to talk), and a garish election campaign video ("Thank God for Silvio"), Gandini proves that Italy invests new meaning in the term "boob tube."

Reviews

"Brilliantly pulled off...a documentary horror sci-fi set in the present." - Screen International

FIVE STARS - Time out NY

Videocracy makes spooky comedy of a nation’s addiction to fame. - The Boston Globe

Pulsing with incredulity and dread, it's less a fully developed argument than the seed of one. The central notion — the power of the image — is old but ever-relevant, and the particular players in this telling are the stuff of a satirist's dream. - The LA Times

Videocracy is a queasy-funny and unapologetically biased look at the televisual world that the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has created." - The New York Times



Awards

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY -

    • Indiewire Critic's Poll
    • Toronto Film Festival 2009.

    World Premiere - Venice Film Festival 2009

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