Long Live Freedom

Long Live Freedom


·  Comedy / Drama

·  Italy


The Secretary of the main opposition party, Enrico Olivieri, is in the midst of a crisis. The opinion polls for the upcoming elections show him to be losing. One night, after the umpteenth protest, Olivieri vanishes, leaving a laconic note. Rumors and inferences abound in the institutional and party circles, while the grey eminence Andrea Bottini and his wife Anna continue to rack their brains trying to understand the reason why he has disappeared and identify a possible accomplice. It is Anna who mentions the Secretary’s twin brother, Giovanni Ernani, an ingenious philosopher who suffers from bipolar depression. Andrea decides to meet with him and ends up so fascinated by him that he starts to dream of a plan that has the plot of a dangerous gamble.

And so it is that, one day, the Secretary suddenly turns up again. He starts speaking in another language, poetic and lucid, striking and surprising. The party starts to rise again in the polls, while public opinion and the crowds at rallies are excited and enthusiastic once again. In the rapid succession of events characterizing the election campaign, the Secretary becomes the object of an unprecedented admiration. But someone, from a secret hiding place, is following his movements, waiting…

IFF Karlovy Vary 2013