10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Viva la libertà (2015 Feature Film)

Roberto Andò | Italy | 2014 | 94 min | Italian, French, German

Toni Servillo (La grande bellezza) is fabulous in this political satire. He plays the leader of Italy’s largest opposition party, who runs away shortly before the elections and his twin, a philosopher who has just been released from a mental health institution.

When Enrico Olivieri, leader of Italy’s largest opposition party, runs away right before the elections, his spin doctor comes up with a plan: he replaces Enrico with his twin Giovanni, a brilliant philosopher who is bipolar and has recently been released from an institution. Giovanni’s haikus and careless improvisations are taken as thought-provoking political parables; the party shoots up the polls.

Italian director (also for theatre) and author-scriptwriter Roberto Andò based his political satire Long Live Freedom on his novel Il trono vuoto from 2008. His trump card in this mix of Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam and Hal Ashby’s Being There is star Italian actor Toni Servillo (La grande bellezzaIl divo), who effortlessly portrays the opposites Enrico and Giovanni – one a grey, resigned worrier disappointed with himself and life, the other a frivolous, flamboyant blabbermouth.

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 27 March 2015

Time: 17:00

Duration: 1:45

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 28 March 2015

Time: 21:45

Duration: 1:45

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Roberto Andò


Maurizio Calvesi


Toni Servillo
Valerio Mastandrea
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Michela Cescon
Gianrico Tedeschi
Eric Nguyen
Andrea Renzi




Clelio Benevento




94 min


Marco Betta


Angelo Barbagallo

Production Design

Giovanni Carluccio


based on a novel and screenplays by Roberto Andò
Angelo Pasquini

Sound Design

Fulgenzio Ceccon

Year of Production


Roberto Andò (1959, Italië) is (theater)regisseur en -schrijver. Hij assisteerde vermaarde regisseurs als Francis Ford Coppola, Federico Fellini, Michael Cimino en Francesco Rosi voordat hij in 1986 debuteerde als theaterregisseur met een op een verhaal van Italo Calvino gebaseerd poppentheaterstuk. Vervolgens regisseerde Andò een aantal documentaires, en in 2000 maakte hij zijn speelfilmdebuut met Il manoscritto del principe. Zijn eerste, als beste debuut bekroonde roman, Il trono vuoto, vormde de basis voor Viva la libertà, bekroond met de Premi David di Donatello voor beste scenario.



Diario senza date (1995), For Webern (1996, doc), Ritratto di Harold Pinter (1998, short TV doc), Il manoscritto del principe (2000), Sotto falso nome/Strange Crime (2004), Il cineasta e il labirinto (2004, short doc), Viaggio segreto/Secret Journey (2006), Viva la libertà/Long Live Freedom (2013)