This lightweight Italian comedy-drama is a story from the strange-but-true archives; in 1968, young engineer Giorgio Rosa built an island half a kilometre off the coast of Rimini out of steel, which looked a bit like an oil rig. Exploiting a loophole in the law, he positioned his construction just outside of Italian jurisdiction in international waters and declared it an independent state. The movie is an affectionate tribute to Rosa: silly and watchable enough, but short on laughs.
Casting 40-year-old Elio Germano is pushing it a bit to play freshly qualified engineer Rosa, an eccentric dreamer who drives around in a funny little car he made at college (using his granny’s sofa as the front seat). His ex-girlfriend is sick of his harebrained schemes and is marrying someone else.