Viva la Liberta

From The Distrib Films Collection

Directed by Roberto Ando

94 minutes / Color
English; Italian / English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2013

In this elegant and chilling story about world politics, the great Toni Servillo defies expectations playing two roles, imbuing each character with brilliant nuance and astonishing attention to detail. In the first, he personifies political failure in the role of the disgraced ideologue and party leader, Enrico Oliveri. In the second, he embodies the shrewd genius of a madman as Oliveri's unhinged twin brother who seizes control of the nation amidst the void of his brother's disappearance.

As the national election approaches, Enrico Oliveri has plummeted in the polls and his supporters and adversaries alike begin to acknowledge his impending downfall. Unwilling to face the failure of his party and his nation, Oliveri vanishes into the night. The party leadership tries to hedge for time by concealing Oliveri's disappearance with a series of acrobatic sidesteps. In a desperate move, right hand man Andrea Bottini seeks out Oliveri's look-alike twin brother, Giovanni Ernani, a prolific author and philosopher who is freshly released from an insane asylum.

Slowly and steadily, Giovanni insinuates himself into his brother's public persona, impersonating Oliveri's every tick and mannerism exquisitely—yet slightly imperfectly. Giovanni quickly surpasses his brother's political prowess with an eerie talent for rallying the masses through fearless and heroic speeches. As Ando shifts between the failure of the sincere intellectual and the heroics of a madman, he probes the driving forces behind our contemporary global political reality leaving behind a rich web of questions in this unpredictable and provocative thriller.

"An ingenious blend of high drama and surprising whimsy."Seattle Times

"Servillo charms in his dual turn, then takes it up a notch when one brother shows off his childhood knack for impersonating his look-alike."Chicago Sun-Times

"Haunting, surprising in its humor and beautifully served by the twin performances of Servillo."Hollywood & Fine

"A smart, refreshingly whimsical and witty political satire that boasts winning performances by Toni Servillo in dual roles. It might as well be called Politics Italian-Style."NYC Movie Guru

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A film by Roberto Ando
Starring Toni Servillo, Valerio Mastandrea and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Select Accolades

  • Cineuropa Award, Audience Award, 2013 Festival Cinema Mediterraneen de Bruxelles
  • Best Screenplay, Best Non-Leading Actor, 2013 L'accademia del Cinema Italiano
  • Best Film, 2013 Haifa International Film Festival
  • 2013 Chicago International Film Festival
  • 2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • 2014 Cinema Made In Italy, Buenos Aires
  • 2014 Goteborg Film Festival
  • 2014 NYC Open Roads, New Italian Cinema


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