Bye Bye Berlusconi

Bye Bye Berlusconi

Deutschland 2004-2006, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Make a film that opposes one of the richest and most powerful men in Europe and one runs the risk of winding up in court rather than in the cinema. Especially if such a film is about the man who is Italy’s current prime minister.

Spring 2005. A committed young film crew from Genoa plans to make a serious political film about the kidnapping of Silvio Berlusconi. The kidnappers’ goal is to hold a fair and independent trial that will finally pass the judgement that, in real life, Berlusconi has successfully eluded for many years.


The film is intended as a clarion call to Italy to wake up and vote their prime minister out of office in April 2006. However, on the first day of filming, it is apparent that this ambitious film team have undertaken too much. The end is nigh and, in order to hastily protect themselves from litigious action on the part of Berlusconi, they decide to make it obvious that their film is a satire by transporting the film’s setting from Italy to Duckburg. Nobody has any idea if this absurd trick will be enough to prevent the film from being banned. But it’s bound to make Silvio Berlusconi see red – that’s for sure…

"Bye Bye Berlusconi!" is an outrageously inflated satire. Nevertheless, when it comes to legal details, the film adheres strictly to reality. All the charges brought against the crooked mayor Micky Laus in the film are real accusations. Berlusconi and his closest aides were implicated in numerous criminal cases concerning his proximity to the Mafia, false balance sheets, tax evasion and bribery. Berlusconi was not convicted in a single one of these cases. Most of these cases are now time-barred. Others have been dropped because the Berlusconi government itself changed certain laws, making them more favourable to him.

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Jan Henrik Stahlberg
Screenplay:Lucia Chiarla, Jan Henrik Stahlberg
Director of photography:Nicolas Joray
Editing:Nicola Undritz
Music:Phirefones, Rainer Oleak, Banda Degli Ottoni, Andrea Maddalone
  
Cast: 
Maurizio AntoniniMaurizio / Topolino
Lucia ChiarlaLucia / Daisy
Pietro BontempoBontempo / Kater Karlo
Pietro RagusaPietro / Hundekacker 1
Tulio SorrentinoTullio / Hundekacker 2
Fabio BezziFabio / Anwalt
Franco LeoRoberto / Produzent
Jan Henrik StahlbergJan / Regisseur
Oscar StahlbergOscar
Nina MairNina / Regieassistentin
Consuelo BarilariMinni Topolino
Tommaso FerrarisSohn Topolino
Massimo FerroniFi
Michele CastellanoBo
Adrasto BonariniFra
Isabel LöblMelonen-TV-Schönheit
Stefania Orsola GarelloPietros Frau
  
Production company:Schiwago Film GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny

All Credits

Director:Jan Henrik Stahlberg
Assistant director:Nina Mair
Screenplay:Lucia Chiarla, Jan Henrik Stahlberg
Director of photography:Nicolas Joray
Assistant camera:Jule Cramer
2nd Camera unit:Aldo Cimaglia
Set design:Yasmin Khalifa (Szenenbild), Carola Gauster (Szenenbild)
Make-up artist:Sandra Leutert
Costume design:Elke Zetl
Editing:Nicola Undritz
Assistant editor:Cosima Santoro, Ingo Schmidt, Fedoua Errizani
Sound design:Marco Raab
Sound:Sebastian Riegel
Sound assistant:Manuela Bianco
Audio mixing:Reinhard Sydow
Casting:Nina Mair, Marcello Maggi
Music:Phirefones, Rainer Oleak, Banda Degli Ottoni, Andrea Maddalone
  
Cast: 
Maurizio AntoniniMaurizio / Topolino
Lucia ChiarlaLucia / Daisy
Pietro BontempoBontempo / Kater Karlo
Pietro RagusaPietro / Hundekacker 1
Tulio SorrentinoTullio / Hundekacker 2
Fabio BezziFabio / Anwalt
Franco LeoRoberto / Produzent
Jan Henrik StahlbergJan / Regisseur
Oscar StahlbergOscar
Nina MairNina / Regieassistentin
Consuelo BarilariMinni Topolino
Tommaso FerrarisSohn Topolino
Massimo FerroniFi
Michele CastellanoBo
Adrasto BonariniFra
Isabel LöblMelonen-TV-Schönheit
Stefania Orsola GarelloPietros Frau
  
Production company:Schiwago Film GmbH (Berlin)
in co-production with:Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) (Frankfurt am Main)
Producer:Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny
Producer (TV):Jörg Himstedt
Unit production manager:Frank Zahl
Location manager:Ulrike Sulzenbacher, Axel Johannis, Moritz von Hohental
Shoot:22.11.2004-22.12.2004: Genua, Montaretto
Original distributor:Jetfilm Verleih (Berlin)
Length:2533 m, 92 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 02.03.2006, 105398, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 10.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Panorama;
Kinostart (DE): 30.03.2006

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Bye Bye Berlusconi
Schreibvariante Bye, Bye Berlusconi!
Arbeitstitel (DE) Buonanotte Topolino

Versions

Original

Length:2533 m, 92 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 02.03.2006, 105398, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 10.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Panorama;
Kinostart (DE): 30.03.2006
 

Awards

IFF Berlin 2006
Femina Filmpreis, Szenenbild (an Yashim Khalifa und Carola Gauster)