“In Brazil, not only cinema is in danger but democracy. We must shout as loud as possible against this danger. Together we cry out: we are all anti-fascists!”. Brazilian director Pedro Harres receiving the Venice Immersive Grand Jury Prize for From the main square addressed the audience in the final ceremony of the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival. The meeting of the South American was greeted, needless to say, by a long applause from the audience of the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema in Lido di Venezia.
On the opening day of the Festival, he had discussed the documentary “March on Rome”, directed by Mark Cousins, which had made a sort of parallelism between the rise of fascism and that of Giorgia Meloni, leader of Fratelli d’Italia : “Today there are many more right-wing governments than I remember in my entire life, and I am 56 years old. Hungary, Poland, India, Brazil, America with Trump and now the pendulum is swinging in Italy too to the right. This is a very dangerous condition “, said the director, sparking bitter controversy. The VIPs who landed at the Lido like to shoot on Meloni. The singer Elodie, actress in the film I eat my heart, said that the leader of FdI is “a woman who talks like a man of 1922”.