In 1987, the sudden death of the head of Italy’s largest publishing house triggered a battle of succession between two of the country’s most aggressive businessmen: Silvio Berlusconi and Carlo De Benedetti. Both men attempt a series of power maneuvers for control of the company, and Berlusconi emerges victorious after convincing the company owner’s widow to sell him her shares. De Benedetti sues, but the judgment lands in Berlusconi’s favour.
Four years later, while conducting an unrelated investigation, prosecutors discover that the ruling had been bought, and Berlusconi was charged with corruption. It was the beginning of a 20 year legal saga, one which did not prevent Berlusconi from rising to power as Italy’s prime minister, first in 1994 and then again in 2001.
Luminously narrated by key players in the case, the film is a judicial, financial, and political thriller that exposes multiple levels of corruption in il bel paese. -TG
Runtime: 52 mins
Director: Mosco Levi Boucault