The official selection of “Draquila” at the festival prompted the Italian culture minister Sandro Bondi to boycott the festival. Sabina Guzzanti’s film satirises the Berlusconi government’s handling of earthquake reconstruction in l’Aquila.
Thierry Frémaux, the Cannes festival’s artistic director, told Euronews: “There’s no controversy with Italy. Cannes has selected two Italian films, one of them didn’t please the culture minister, who hasn’t actually seen it. He’s simply seen an extract and he’s complained publicly but not to us. We’re free to schedule films as we see fit.”
The l’Aquila earthquake left eighty thousand people homeless. Draquila’s director has said she wanted to show how residents remained in tents for six months because of political manoeuvring. The absence of the culture minister has been strongly criticised by Daniele Luchetti, the other Italian director whose film features at Cannes.