Diaz – Don't Clean Up This Blood
|Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood|
|Directed by||Daniele Vicari|
|Produced by||Domenico Procacci|
|Screenplay by||Daniele Vicari, Laura Paolucci|
|Music by||Teho Teardo|
|Edited by||Benni Atria|
|Running time||127 minutes|
Diaz – Don't Clean Up This Blood, or only Diaz, is a 2012 Italian-French-Romanian drama film directed by Daniele Vicari, focusing on the final days of the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, when police stormed Armando Diaz, a school in Genoa. In the nightly raid, over 300 police officers attacked activists and journalists, seriously injuring 93 and putting another 3 in a coma. Amnesty International, quoted in the movie, refers to these events as: "The most serious suspension of democratic rights in a Western country since the Second World War." The movie was presented at the 2012 Berlinale in the section Panorama and received the Panorama second audience award.
The film focuses on the storming of the Diaz school in Genoa by the police after the 2001 G8 summit. In that building were protesters against the international summit on the night between 21 and 22 July 2001. It is based on the testimonies and reports from judicial processes. Many of the characters are based (in some cases maintaining the initials) to people actually inside of Diaz on the day of the blitz: the cop played by Claudio Santamaria (Max Flamini) is Michelangelo Fournier, head of the VII nucleus of the experimental mobile squad of Rome. The journalist played by Elio Germano (Luke Gualtieri, the fictional Journal of Bologna) is Lorenzo Guadagnucci, journalist of Il Resto del Carlino. UK Indymedia journalist being massacred on the street in front of Diaz is Mark Covell. Covell from that beating had a punctured lung and went into a coma. The film develops through the intertwining stories of some of the protagonists. Luca is a reporter for the Journal of Bologna. He decides to go and verify what's happening in Genoa, after the death of Carlo Giuliani. Alma is a German anarchist who participated in the fighting. Alma, Marco (a member of the Social Forum) and Franci (a lawyer for the Genoa Legal Forum) provide for the search for the missing. Anselmo is a senior activist in the Pensioners' Union. He participated in a peaceful march against the G8. Etienne and Cecile are two French anarchists: they have been directly involved in the guerrilla and the clashes of those days. Finally Max, first assistant chief of police mobile squad of Rome: in the morning on 21 July 2001, he decided not to order a charge against the black-block, to avoid the involvement of so many peaceful demonstrators. The destinies of all of them and hundreds of other protesters crossed the night of July 21, 2001, in the Diaz school.
- Elio Germano: Luca Gualtieri, Journalist
- Claudio Santamaria: Max Flamini
- Jennifer Ulrich: Alma Koch, deutsche Anarchistin
- Davide Iacopini: Marco, Organisator Genoa Social Forum
- Sarah Marecek: Inga
- Monica Elena Birladeanu (Monica Bîrlădeanu): Constantine Giornal
- Ralph Amoussou: Etienne
- Pietro Ragusa: Aaron
- Pippo Delbono:
- Rolando Ravello: Rodolfo Serpieri
- Alessandro Roja: Marco Cerone
- Antonio Gerardi: Achille Faleri
- Aylin Prandi: Maria
- Jacopo Maria Bicocchi: Silvio Pieri
- Mircea Caraman: Vittorio Donati
- Ioana Picos: Gilda
- Micaela Bara: Karin
- James Longshore: Charles
- Razvan Hincu: Amico John
- Fabrizio Rongione: Nick Janssen
- Paolo Calabresi: Francesco Scaron
- Renato Scarpa: Anselmo Vitali
- cezar vlad eugeniu popescu: responsabile GSF 3
Reviewing the film for Bring The Noise UK, Michael Dodd called it "one of the most compelling and uncompromising films of recent memory". Giving the movie a rare ten out of ten rating, he concluded by stating that "this is a film that simply has to be watched".
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- Neil Young (12 Feb 2012). "Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood: Berlin Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- ""Diaz" conquista il Festival di Berlino al film sul G8 il premio del pubblico". La Repubblica. Feb 18, 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "Berlin 2012: 'The Parade' Wins Panorama Audience Award". Hollywood Reporter. Feb 18, 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
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