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Rose Island (2020)

L'incredibile storia dell'Isola delle Rose (original title)
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An idealistic engineer builds his own island off the Italian coast and declares it a nation, drawing the world's attention. Values are tested when the Italian Government declares him an enemy, but to change the world risks must be taken.


Sydney Sibilia
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Credited cast:
Matilda De Angelis ... Gabriella
Tom Wlaschiha ... W.R. Neumann
François Cluzet ... Jean Baptiste Toma'
Elio Germano ... Giorgio Rosa
Bruno Gouery Bruno Gouery
Luca Zingaretti ... Giovanni Leone
Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... Franco Restivo
Christian Stamm ... The reporter
Fabrizio Rongione ... Monsieur Carlozzi
Leonardo Lidi ... Maurizio Orlandini
Andrea Pennacchi Andrea Pennacchi ... Ulisse Rosa
Violetta Zironi Violetta Zironi ... Franca
Marco Pancrazi ... Bruno Spaggiari
Ascanio Balbo ... Carlo
Simone Gallo ... Salilor binoculars


In 1968, engineer Giorgio Rosa established the independent state called "The Isle of Roses" off the coast of Rimini, built on a platform outside the territorial waters, with Esperanto as the official language. The Italian authorities did not take it well because the micro nation was seen as an expedient to not pay taxes on the revenues obtained thanks to the arrival of numerous tourists and curious people. Written by yusufpiskin

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The film is based on the true story of engineer Giorgio Rosa and the Republic of Rose Island. See more »

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Adapted from real life But it doesn't feel like that at all. Extremely absurd...
12 December 2020 | by yusufpiskinSee all my reviews

"Che vuol dire che si sono moltiplicati? Non sono mica dei cazzo di streptococchi!"

Starting with our protagonist, he's a very eccentric fellow. In my opinion, he's actually very smart, but maybe too idealistic and way too industrious to be considered "normal". Being idealistic and also zealously motivated to actually materialize your radical ideas is a very bad combination. It's one thing to have these really absurd thoughts, but it's another level when you actually diligently work on it.

I'm very interested in how they actually built this island. They are not backed by a major corporation, they are strictly working on a shoestring budget. The story of actually building this "island" is already an insanely fascinating story already by itself. It's a stupidly and laughably impossible undertaking; until they point when they actually were able to do it. This to me was a missed opportunity.

The film did show a lot from the sociopolitical perspective of this story though. That, too, are also interesting but I feel like it could have been more condensed and refined. Overall it's a bizarre story, this is something I have not heard of before; and I actually somehow enjoyed watching this film.

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9 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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