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by Fabio Leli


Italy is under attack. The invader is not a foreign state. The enemy is hard to identify, but its presence on Italian territory is already so widespread and deep-rooted that it can easily be taken for an ally. It’s legalized gambling, a perfect money-making machine which last year alone whipped 100 billion euros out of Italians’ pockets. An invisible tax, paid voluntarily. A tax on the people. It is a vicious circle that has economic, political, media and cultural facets, all adapted to a single overriding purpose: profit. But the people making the money are very few, while those facing hardship and poverty are many. Because one thing is for sure – the only to win at gambling is to run the game.

international title: Living the High Life
original title: Vivere alla grande
country: Italy
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: Fabio Leli
film run: 159'
screenplay: Fabio Leli
cinematography by: Fabio Leli, Simone Marchi, Giampaolo Magnani
film editing: Armando Avolio, Fabio Leli
music: U'Papun
producer: Fabio Leli
production: Human Tree
backing: BancaEtica, Libera, Compagnia Shahrazad 


main awards/selection

Festival del film Locarno 2015Out of Competition

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