The appeal to the Prime Minister Conte and to the Minister Franceschini has already been signed by important associations and prestigious exponents of Italian cinema,
After the provision that the closure of cinemas throughout Italy, contained in the latest Prime Ministerial Decree signed last night by the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, one an open letter was sent by the world of cinema to the Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini. Among the first signatories of the letter strongly criticizing the decision to close cinemas, 100 Authors, AFIC (Association of Italian Film Festivals), ANAC (National Association of Film Authors), Casa del Cinema di Roma, SNGCI (National Union of Italian Film Journalists) , SNCCI (National Union of Italian Film Critics), Gianni Amelio, Nanni Moretti, Pupi Avati, Enrico Vanzina and Paolo Virzì.
Here is the full text of the letter.
the decision of the President of the Council of Ministers, Giuseppe Conte and of the government to proceed until the end of November with the closure of cinemas, theaters and concert halls leaves us astonished, surprised and strongly critical even though we know his commitment to culture and entertainment workers.
In the current health situation, which we are well aware of as citizens and operators in our sector, we understand that health is a primary asset to be protected at all costs.
However, we know just as well that culture is an equally primary good and that eliminating a fundamental part of it today, such as that of the spectacle, is in our opinion an action without logic and usefulness.
In fact, it is proven that among the socialization activities, thanks to the strict health protocols that have governed projections and shows since last May, cinemas and theaters are the safest places, where no cases of contagion have been recorded.
This is testified by the hundreds of screenings that took place safely at the Venice Film Festival and again, in these days, which coincided with a worrying growth of new infections, at the Rome Film Festival where no outbreaks were recorded. Even the closure will be counterproductive in our opinion because the elimination of the only safe social protections, alternatives to the street nightlife and the conviviality of the restaurants, would lead to the disorientation of that part of the population that is best reacting to the pandemic crisis.
All this shows that, thanks to the temperature control at the entrance, the use of the mask, the drastic reduction of the capacity that guarantees the necessary distance, the immobility of the spectators during projections and shows, the large volumes of the premises, sanitation at the end of each show, cinemas, theaters and concert halls are today the safest and most protected places in social life.
Therefore, the choice of a new closure of cinemas appears to our eyes, not only of operators in the sector, but of spectators and citizens, unjustified.
At a time when we are working towards a strenuous recovery, forcing cinemas to stop operating again seriously risks compromising the future of an entire sector. We ask for a comparison open to all categories to find the most suitable ways to safeguard the cultural life of us citizens and a sector otherwise close to extinction