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Nonetheless, I wanted to recount the story of this change because I thought the story of the extremes of complete acceptance or complete refutation of the mass media had comic potential. Cineaste: Of courset either extreme is silly , and the inhabitants of the various islands are all mired in rather absurd behavioral patterns. Moretti: I wanted to tell about this world of islands. Although they're very near each other, they don't succeed in com- municating. All the islands are content with their own mania. Maybe it's a metaphor about how welive in society today. In CaroDiario , I discovered that I didn't want to yell any- more. It doesn't mean that I feel like resigning myself to my situ- ation. Maybe it has more to do with maturity. I accept that the other characters live as they desire and not as we think they should. Cineaste: Could you tell us about the antifascist film project that you participated in during the Italian electoral campaign? Moretti: Before the election, some other directors and I made a collaborative film. It was about twenty minutes in length and consisted of nine very brief sequences by nine different directors. Someof them had a great deal of influence in the mass media. We didn't want to submit theusual petition that intellectuals sign, or even participate in interviews. We wanted to convey our uneasiness with the situation through our own medium. We did this in a hurry, and had the cooperation of many of the younger Italian directors such as Marco Risi and Carlo Mazzicurato. The climate during the electoral campaign was poisonous, so the film was highly criticized. The film was shown as a short before certain feature films. There were certain theaters in Italy that we called because we knew that they were interested, and there were other theaters that called us because they were interested. It had a very limited release, however. Cineaste: After the Cannes Film Festivaly the neofascist sympathizer (and film director) Pasquale Squitieri claimed that your prize (for Best Director) was "politically motivated Since this incident was only sketchily reported in the American press , could you explain it a bit more for us? Moretti: When Caro Diario won the prize at Cannes, this director, Squitieri, who is now a deputy in the Parliament representing theextreme right, denounced the award. Until a few years ago, he claimed to be from the extreme left, butnow he's come to a better self-understanding and realizes that he belongs to the extreme right. It was political capriciousness, silly and stupid. I think he said that the film wonat Cannes because of political pressure. But I don't really understand who jurors like Catherine Deneuve or Clint Eastwood could have been pressured bypolitically. They're not exactly leftists! In any case, it was a moronic incident. international pilrn ^ i d ® 1 ® The Athens Center for Film and Video P.O. Box 388 75 W. Union St. Athens, OH 45701 STgpif Call for Infos (€14) iS3"t330 CINEASTE 15 This content downloaded from 128.114.163.7 on Sat, 4 Jan 2014 14:54:47 PM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions
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