Despite all threats, anti-mafia author wants to continue writing in the future and not be incarcerated under any circumstances. "I am calm, i will continue to pay," said the italian journalist, who lives under personal protection, on tuesday at berlinale. In the competition, the 39-year-old presented the film version of his novel "la paranza dei bambini (piranhas)". Also the third and last german contribution went on tuesday into the race for the cash prizes.
Roberto saviano’s safety is a recurring topic, partly because italian interior minister matteo salvini of the right-wing lega threatened last year to have the personal protection saviano received because of death threats put on trial.
The author, internationally known for his book "gomorrah" about the mafia in naples, is one of the harshest public critics of the italian government. At the berlinale, he also took a sharp swipe at the interior minister, calling the political situation in italy "very serious".
Referring to his own situation, saviano said: "personal protection is not a privilege, it is a drama."Other journalists in italy are also in a similar situation. In general, the situation for reporters in europe has become more threatening, he said, referring to the murders of journalists in malta and slovakia. For those who write about europe, it is "no longer a safe terrain".
In the adaptation of the novel, which was to premiere on tuesday evening at potsdamer platz, director claudio giovannesi narrates the life of nicola and his friends with amateur actors. The 15-year-olds live in sanitÃ , a neighborhood of naples, where they get caught in the spiral of violence, drugs and organized crime.
A total of 16 films are competing for the berlinale’s main prizes, which will be awarded on saturday evening. Among them are three contributions by german directors. After fatih akin ("the golden glove") and nora fingscheidt ("systemsprenger"), angela schanelec now also presented her new film for the competition.
"I was at home, but" is a very static, quiet film. Schanelec makes several levels in it. On the one hand, it is about a mother (maren eggert) and her children who have to deal with a loss. On the other hand, it seems to be about the art itself.
Those who like to think about how children playing hamlet and animals on a pasture are connected, could be happy about this. All in all, however, schanelec presents a rather inauthentic, self-contained world in which the characters and their story are difficult to understand.
"I’m certainly not going to interpret that," schanelec said tuesday. She is considered one of the best-known representatives of the so-called berlin school. She only moves her camera when there is a reason to do so. "If there is no one, i don’t move them."