Pupi Avati: “70% of films have nothing to do with culture”

The director’s accusation: “In cinema, not everything is culture. Many films are shot and produced only for commerce and the market”

“In cinema, not everything is culture: at least 70% of the films that are shot and produced have nothing to do with culture, if anything with commerce, with the market, with resignation to fashions. In the last twenty years , Italian cinema has almost exclusively expressed nice films, products destined, after having passed just enough through cinemas to accrue the tax credit, to go onto the platforms, with easy stories and very popular casts…”. It is the accusation launched by the director Puppets Avatispeaking at the round table entitled ‘For a new Italian imagination’, on the occasion of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the foundation of Brothers of Italy in Piazza del Popolo in Rome, with the Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiulianoin streaming link.

Then tell Go ahead: “I arrived at the cinema very late, through an impervious path: I’m a director because I’m a failed jazz musician, thanks to a ‘dwarf’, Lucio Dalla, who despite being a second clarinet while I was the first destined for ‘solos’ made me discover and understand what talent and creativity are, with a moving genius. I had an atrocious envy towards him, I realized that I didn’t have a talent worthy of him, I wished for his death there on stage but unfortunately he didn’t die – he observes sarcastically – And then I decided to abandon music: no one asked me to reconsider … and still today I consider myself a failed musician”.

(from Enzo Bonaiuto)