One fine day, Mr. Berlusconi entered the house of every Italian.

Thinking back on it today, I think that there must have been some kind of trick, because the political party of the above-mentioned gentleman managed to penetrate some of the most unthinkable walls. By way of some kind of miracle, he even succeeded in getting through the walls of my house.

Until that moment, my father was supreme loyalty incarnate to the values of social democracy. My father, who was an orphan, was: the party as a home, trips to Eastern Europe with the labor unions, party conventions, late night activist meetings, electoral campaigns, battling for workers’ rights, Avanti, the socialist daily, rolled under his arm, his pipe and Mondoperaio, the socialist journal about workers’ issues.

The day Mr. Berlusconi knocked on the front door of every Italian household, Armando unexpectedly decided to let him in. He stood there with conviction, loyal as ever to his cause, but hopelessly alone on the enemy front lines.

Telling this story was a risky and daring affair, a veritable obstacle course, because Armando denies the fact that those years of right-wing militant activism ever existed.

This is why I had to use every last ounce of tenacity and imagination I had in order to reconstruct a story that no one really wanted to tell me about. Did this story ever really happen at all ?

Produced by

Sacrebleu Productions and Vivo film production

in coproduction with ZDF, in collaboration with ARTE with the support of CNC Centre National de la Cinématographie Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes e di Lyon TV



Chiara Malta

Armando Malta


Written and directed by: Chiara Malta

Prduced by: Gregorio Paonessa, Marta Donzelli

Animations art director: Cécile Rousset

Cinematography: Maurizio Gennaro, Remi Mazet, Pierluigi De Palo

Editing: Cristiano Travaglioli

Sound: Gianluca Costamagna, Héloïse Claudé

Technical data

Year: 2008

Running time: 73 min

Country: France/Italy

Original language: Italian

Format: colour and b/n, Super8-Super16-DVCAM-Animation, Beta Digital 4/3

Festivals and awards

26th Turin Film Festival 2008 – Lo Stato delle Cose

Bellaria Film Festival

Menzione Speciale Frontiere (Molice Cinema)

Premio Mejor Documental (Festival de Cine Italiano de Madrid)

Prix à la diffusion France 3 Corse and Prix spécial du Jury (Prix International du Documentaire et du Reportage Méditerranéen de Marseille)

Grand Prix su Festival (Festival International de Cinema de Vernon)