'Shooting Silvio' off to France

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"Shooting Silvio," the indie film that tells a fictional tale about a young outcast obsessed with killing Italian billionaire, media tycoon and three-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has found its first foreign buyer.

Co-writer/director Berardo Carboni said the 96-minute film was picked up by Pierre-Richard Muller's Artedis Cinema Arts SA for France, which also will handle worldwide sales. The film will screen today for other potential buyers in the Palais.

The film is based on the story of an orphan named Kurtz (Federico Rosati) who boasts that he wants to kill the prime minister as a way to attract attention. Eventually, the act becomes an obsession.

Making the film was a mission for Carboni, who raised its budget of €140,000 ($190,000) through local fundraising.

The final product has attracted controversy in Italy, where Berlusconi is a polarizing figure. But the first-time director claims the film is not meant to be overtly political.

"The film is about the journey of the main character who discovers himself as he fantasizes about shooting Silvio," Carboni said.

Carboni said the film already is being distributed independently in Italy, showing on about 30 screens.
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