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January 23, 2022

Boc and Berlusconi to talk about “Francesca”

Following controversy, some 20 film distributors interested in promoting the film.

PM Emil Boc will discuss with Silvio Berlusconi, during the visit that he will pay next week to Rome, about the Romanian film “Francesca,” whose distribution in Venice was stopped, Agerpres informs.

“Obviously, we shall discuss this issue, because he is an extremely open person, ready to approach any matter. First, it is a problem of freedom of expression. Second, it is a problem of artistic creation, third, I think that it is an excess which must be settled, from the perspectives of artistic expression and freedom of expression, and also from the perspective of the fact that it does not have a certain connotation,” Emil Boc said during a talk show on B1TV on Monday night..

In the same context, he said that he would meet in Rome, on September 16, Premier Silvio Berlusconi, with whom he would approach projects connected with the Romanian community from the peninsula. He also said that he will be received at the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI.

The distribution of the film “Francesca” of the Romanian director Bobby Paunescu was banned in the cinema halls from Venice further to a decision of the cinema associations from the city, determined by the controversies and the threats to start legal proceedings launched by Deputy Alessandra Mussolini and the mayor of Verona, Flavio Tosi, both members of the extremist political formation The League of the North.

The chief mayor of Venice announced that he would sue Bobby Paunescu because he is insulted in one of the scenes of the film. A similar reaction from Alessandra Mussolini, the niece of the fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The mayor of Verona, member of the The Northern League, is called “idiot” by one of the characters of the film for having declared in 2007 that he liberated the city from Romanians. The same character calls Alessandra Mussolini “a whore who wants to kill all the Romanians.”

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