Sydney Sibilia, Matteo Rovere, Elio Germano and the other protagonists presented today to the press The Incredible Story of the Isle of Roses, the new film by the director of I stop when I want, a comedy based on a story that really happened in 1968, which will be available in streaming on Netflix starting December 9th.
“Searching for stories is dowsing work. I was working on the scripts for I quit when I want 2 and 3, consulting Wikipedia, and on the home page there was a call to their voice ‘Isle of Roses (Micronation)’. Intrigued, I clicked on it, and I discovered a fantastic story, the kind you wonder why we never made a film about it. “
So Sydney Sibilia tells of the encounter with the story that is the basis of his new film, which is called precisely The incredible story of the Isle of Roses, which will be available streaming on Netflix from December 9th and which is the first project that productively links the streaming giant with Grøenlandia, the manufacturing company of Sibilia e Matteo Rovere.
Incredible, this story, it really is. Click on Wikipedia, if you don’t believe it, or wait to see the film that tells of the utopia of Giorgio Rosa, a young and eccentric Bolognese engineer who in May 1968, with the help of a friend, built a platform off the coast of Rimini, just 500 meters after the limit of Italian territorial waters, with the intention of making it an independent state where freedom was total and for anyone who wanted to use it. A utopia that was opposed and destroyed by the Italian government, with a military operation that is still the only war of aggression in the history of republican Italy.
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Sydney Sibilia and her strong authorial theme
“I needed to change,” says Sibilia, “Not to continue with stories that tell the strength of a gang, as in the three I stop when I want, but that of only one. I wanted to tell the power of only one, of a boy, and that everyone can really do it for himself, his best world. “
“You may not have noticed before, but Sydney cinema has a strong authorial theme,” points out Francesca Manieri, that with Sibilia he wrote the second and third I stop when I want, and also this new film, “which is that of conflict between individual freedom and established power. This is why at the beginning of the film there are scenes in which we talk about the difference between positive law and natural law, and about positive freedom and negative freedom. “
From the point of view of the screenplay, and of the screenwriters, in fact, the heart ofIncredible history of the Isle of Roses, its main conflict, is precisely that between Giorgio Rosa and the Italian government, and especially with the then Minister of the Interior Franco Restivo, which here has the face of Fabrizio Bentivoglio. “This story presented us with risks and pitfalls, but it also offered many opportunities for a screenwriter, with antagonists who have been among our constituents,” dice Manieri, referring to Restivo and the then Prime Minister Giovanni Leone, which is instead interpreted by Luca Zingaretti. “I challenge anyone, facing the scene of a crucial phone call between Restivo and Rosa, to take a stand to determine if what we think is right for us should come before what is right for a state, or vice versa,” continues the screenwriter.
“Little was known about Franco Restivo, and I haven’t done a great deal of research on the character, ”he says Bentivoglio. “There is a great contradiction in him: he was one of those who physically drafted our Constitution, including that article 11 which says that Italy repudiates war, and then he disregarded if not betrayed that article. Who knows that at night, before falling asleep, he didn’t feel a sense of guilt about it. “
Elio Germano, Giorgio Rosa, freedom and standardization
He didn’t do too much research either Elio Germano, which in the film is the face and body of Giorgio Rosa, and that the Bolognese engineer has never met him, unlike Sibilia e Oak, who instead went to see him before he died, on March 2, 2017. “For once I freed myself from the task of studying the real character,” says the actor, who however went to talk to many veterans of that Bolognese season, also to get hold of the accent with which he had to recite: “Talking to them,” he says, “I lived the story of an era in which there was the competition to see who made it strangest. I was very struck by the contrast with what is happening today, where the race is instead the one to disappear, to hide, to the homologation dictated by the race for likes to be obtained on social networks.”
German has equally clear and defined positions also on the idea of freedom and on the freedom to dream, which are two great themes of the Incredible story of the Isle of Roses: “Today the idea of freedom has declined downwards. Today we must fight for the freedom to access medical care, education, homes. A basic condition is missing to be able to dream of something more, that of being all on the same level. ” And yet, thinking about this film, German he adds how important it is, especially in this pandemic moment, in which dreaming is even more difficult, “to be able to tell the idea of a thought for the future, and also to bring lightness.”
A “worldwide” movie on Netflix
The incredible story of the Isle of Roses will debut on December 9 not only in Italy but all over the world, thanks to Netflix. “In Worldview, ”As he says Sibilia with a joke. “We liked this project because it tells a very Italian story, but with themes capable of resonating in an international audience,” dice Teresa Moneo of Netflix. “IS the story of a group of people looking for their place in the world, which is a research of universal value, ”he points out Matteo Rovere.
Beyond these themes and this research, and beyond Germano, Bentivoglio and Zingaretti, Italian and worldwide spectators will find in theIncredible history of the Isle of Roses also Matilda De Angelis, Violetta Zironi, Leonardo Lidi, Tom Wlaschiha and many other interpreters, all carefully chosen and directed with the same slight intelligence with which Sibilia he told an incredible story, very funny, but capable of triggering reflections that are anything but dated or banal. Indeed, very topical. As shown, too, the great importance given in the film to the female characters of By Angelis e Zironi: which, as it says Manner, “tell what it was the advent of the female body in the collective scene, the real revolution of those years, not so much the ’68 traditionally understood, which turned out to be a very bourgeois revolution. “