CO.AS.IT. Italian Australian culture series on line. Talk #8.
CO.AS.IT., in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and Dr Mark Nicholls, presents ITALIAN CINEMA FORUM 2020
Directed by Nanni Moretti (Caro Diario, The Son’s Room, Mia Madre), Aprile is a highly amusing and politically astute film diary of a creative life at the beginnings of Italy’s most recent political revolution. Aprile records the birth of Moretti’s son. It also witnesses the flourishing of the Lega Nord, Forza Italia and the rise of Silvio Berlusconi and his particular brand of political populism, the reverberations of which we are still feeling, world-wide, today. Joined by his family and friends, Nanni Moretti works hard to make a documentary about this changing social and political landscape, all the time longing for escape into his pet project, a 1950s style musical about a Trotskyite pastry chef in a Stalinist world. In the end both films seem to combine most amusingly into one.