“The Caiman”, a searing indictment of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wrapped inside the tale of a failing filmmaker, has taken the critics at Cannes by storm.
Director Nanni Moretti says that he is happy Berlsuconi lost April’s election but that while the rules governing media ownership remain, he will not vote.
“The problem in Italy is we’ve become used to it. Everyone – on the right as well as on the left – thinks it’s normal that we have a politician who has won two elections, in 1994 and 2001, while owning television channels, newspapers etc. That’s considered normal by everyone in Italy,” he said.
“The Caiman” is the story of a bankrupt producer who happens upon a script he thinks will kickstart his career, but only later does he realise it is about Berlusconi.