The feature film, directed by multi-award-winning filmmaker Gianni Amelio, is considered the favorite to win the competition’s Golden Lion by many critics, who at the same time appreciate the complex issue it tackles as such. can affect aspiration.
Brabanti was the only person sentenced to nine years for an alleged offense of plagiarism, referring to brainwashing, introduced in Article 603 of the Italian Penal Code in 1930 during the fascist government of Benito Mussolini.
The family of a young man accused her of having an alleged influence on their 18-year-old son in 1968, who was admitted to a psychiatric hospital with electroshock to try to erase his leftist views.
The prominent author and anti-fascist fighter who became a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Italy never hid his homosexuality, which weighed on his sentence for Thursday at a time when the country faces a complex social situation. was.
The sentence generated a strong protest movement, which was attended by prominent figures in the arts and politics, such as filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, writer Umberto Eco and journalist Marco Panella.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival in 1992 and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival six years later, Amelio said the Lord of the Ants “wants to instill the courage to rebel.”
“It’s a film about the violence and the absurdity of discrimination”, he said, “smells like an investigation, and we have proof of that every day. Because not much has changed in substance.”
The director said, “As it happened, the story shows disturbing aspects more than half a century later and the audience may wonder: how was this possible, how could this happen, although apparently nothing surprises us today.” Not there.”