Luca and Gustav are two young Italians who over the past few years have witnessd the exodus of many of their friends toBerlin,LondonorBarcelona. Creative, talented people who don’t see a future in their country. They’re fed up with the high cost of living, the lack of job security, the feudal university system, the generally reactionary attitudes and indifference to human rights, the clear sense that you don’t get anywhere just on merit. Tired of a country that appears to be mired in quicksand.
Gustav believes the time has come for them to go abroad too while Luca wants to convince him that there are many good reasons to stay, that Italy is full of passionate and committed people who every day carry on a silent battle to change things for the better.
They agree to give themselves 6 months to see if they can fall in love with their country again. They will go on a journey across their boot-shaped land in an old Fiat 500, in search of emblematic stories, anecdotes, people. A road trip to try and understand what’s left of their country, to unravel why it appears to still have the power to make people abroad dream, to make sense of its celebrated past and uncertain future. They’ll discover a country much divided, run through with contradictions, but on the edge of significant change.
After their acclaimed documentary “Suddenly Last Winter” (winner of the Nastro d’Argento in 2009 and of a Special Jury Mention at the Berlinale in 2008, and featured in 200 festivals worldwide) Luca and Gustav are back to take stock of today’s Italy, with their signature irony and sarcasm.
Gustav and Luca are both Italian, but Gustav comes from Alto Adige and his mother tongue is German. While in their previous film “Suddenly Last Winter” they delved into the dark side of their country, this time they try and understand its mysterious allure. Why do foreigners love Italy while Italians, including Gustav and Luca, can hardly find a good thing to say about it?
Gustav, a northerner, has a very pragmatic approach, with a strong political sensibility. Luca, a typical indolent Roman, is lazy. sarcastic, fatalistic. They compensate each other perfectly.