Viva Zapatero! (2005)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 847 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 12 critic

A documentary about the state of censorship and political satire in Italy.



0Check in
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Sabina Guzzanti
Stars: Sabina Guzzanti, Antonino Bruschetta, Enzo Lombardo
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An introverted man's life changes completely when he finds himself attracted to a young bar-maid.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Stars: Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Adriano Giannini
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Directors: Corrado Guzzanti, Igor Skofic
Stars: Simona Banchi, Andrea Blarzino, Valentina D'Alessandro
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A reenactment of the final days of the 2001 G8 Summit.

Director: Daniele Vicari
Stars: Ana Ularu, Jennifer Ulrich, Monica Barladeanu
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.

Director: Silvio Soldini
Stars: Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

James meets John, a close friend of his, with whom he had quarreled three years ago and persuades him to go visit their third friend Aldo, who is dying in Sicily. Through flashbacks we ... See full summary »

Directors: Aldo, Giacomo, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Aldo, Giovanni, Giacomo
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Giancarlo Siani, a journalist killed by the Neapolitan Mafia in 1985.

Director: Marco Risi
Stars: Libero De Rienzo, Valentina Lodovini, Michele Riondino
Mediterraneo (1991)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriele Salvatores
Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Claudio Bigagli, Giuseppe Cederna
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.

Director: Nanni Moretti
Stars: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca
Black Souls (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of three brothers, the sons of a shepherd, close to the ndrangheta and of their divided soul.

Director: Francesco Munzi
Stars: Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An investigation on the management of 2009 L'Aquila earthquake by Berlusconi government and his staff.

Director: Sabina Guzzanti
Stars: Silvio Berlusconi, Sabina Guzzanti
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Sabina Guzzanti
Stars: Sabina Guzzanti, Franza Di Rosa, Antonello Fassari


Credited cast:
Francesco Alberoni ...
Lucia Annunziata ...
Silvio Berlusconi ...
Himself (archive footage)
Enzo Biagi ...
Michele Bonatesta ...
Rory Bremner ...
Luciano Canfora ...
Davide Caparini ...
Flavio Cattaneo ...
Furio Colombo ...
Serena Dandini ...
Ferruccio De Bortoli ...
Bill Emmott ...
Dario Fo ...
Claudio Fragasso ...
Himself (as Claudio Fracassi)


A documentary about the state of censorship and political satire in Italy.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »




| | |

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (Italy)  »

Box Office


€15,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


At the 62nd Venice Film Festival, the movie received a 20-minute standing ovation. See more »


Herself, Silvio Berlusconi, others...: [Last Lines] I did what I had to do, and my reward was I got to see the crowd. I'm not the only witness. All those people are witnesses too, and so are you.
See more »


Edited from RaiOt (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Pity it is condemned not to be seen by most, not in theaters nor later...
6 October 2005 | by (Milan - Munich) – See all my reviews

I was brought to see this movie by a friend, not knowing of the extraordinary feedback it got from audience and most critics at Venice.

What a pleasant surprise! For someone who refers to herself as "just a jester" as Ms. Guzzanti does, in a bout of understatement, she does pull together a serious and impartial picture of the dismal state of freedom of speech in Italy, how downtrodden it has been by few who hold the power and how (too) many never felt obliged to stand up and denounce the sorry state of things. She is one of the few who did, and paid by being ostracized from possibly all main TV channels, making a row of enemies for herself even among those whose political stance should be closer to hers, or those who should have the moral integrity to stand by her.

Since those enemies are very well aware of the potential of this "Italian Farenheit 9/11" as some movie critic has aptly labelled the movie, it is no surprise that there are only 55 screens showing it in Italy - as per the information on the official movie site - and definitely not the ones in the "mainstream" distribution, mainly owned or influenced by those people and companies whose interests are exposed

  • as was to be demonstrated. Trailers are also conspicuously absent

from all usual TV spots for movies, and I am yet to see a single interview to people involved in Viva Zapatero - a further confirmation.

There is a strong autobiographical streak in the movie, recounting the sometimes grotesque events that led to her defenestration from RAI (public Italian) television and the clumsy, embarrassed, and unfortunately, ignorant justifications brought forward by the individuals involved. This storytelling choice could not have been avoided, though I would have preferred a wider series of cases which would have underlined the systematic quenching of any dissenting voices, both satirical and from independent media at large, which is taking place in Italy, and the equally systematic lack of response from the "opposition" which seems to willingly favour a less free system that they may have the fortune to be handed control over, after elections next year.

This movie is a funny, stimulating and valiant attempt at bringing a fundamental change in a country's basic political debate, open up eyes and provide people with a further tool to analyse the causes of the paralysis of its political system. However, I am afraid, it will not be seen by all those in Italy who would most greatly benefit from watching, neither in theaters, nor in its further incarnations, nor very much understood in its deep societal impact abroad.

Maybe Ms. Guzzanti would be best served by distributing it on the net for free, and by having her producers / distributors follow Michael Moore's lead by not charging fees for public free viewings. Low circulation of this satirical documentary would serve best only the interests of those Ms. Guzzanti is fighting against.

Final note: on the morning after I saw Viva Zapatero, Time Magazine named Beppe Grillo, one of the people whose story is very similar to Ms. Guzzanti's, who also appears in the movie, one of the "European Heroes 2005." Guzzanti is a strong candidate for 2006.

That was my comment, safely composed from Munich, under pseudonym...

56 of 65 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
wide spread ALRohde
Discuss Viva Zapatero! (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page