The Venice Syndrome

(Das Venedig Prinzip)
(Italy, Austria, Germany, 2013, 80 mins, HDCAM)
Director:
PROD Thomas Tielsch
SCR Andreas Pichler, Thomas Tielsch
CAM Attila Boa
ED Florian Miosge
MUS Jan Tilman Schade
PROD CO Filmtank / Miramonte Film / Golden Girls Filmproduktion
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Venice is sinking—under the weight of more than 21 million tourists per year. Twenty years ago, 125,000 people still lived there, but today less than half that number remain. According to one study, there will be no more Venetians by the year 2030. Andreas Pichler’s revelatory and compassionate documentary is squarely on the side of the locals as they use humour and heart to cope with unconcerned governments, oblivious day-tourists and the disastrous crumbling of a way of life.

The film shows what remains of quotidian Venice: a subculture of tourist service industries; a port—waiting to be expanded—for monstrous cruisers that dwarf the beauty of the city’s structures; Venetians who are moving to the mainland because affordable apartments can no longer be found; a realtor, forced to lie about the safety of the buildings he sells, who is considering abandoning the sinking ship…

"The underlying principle… is that public space is transformed into a commodity, which a select few can use for their private deals, while all losses are left to the general public. The ultimate scenario is an empty, crumbling city… The obscure machinations of various interest groups spell the end of politics as we know it, and have left large segments of the population with a profound feeling of helplessness… It is primarily older residents who still show energy and perseverance. They make humorous, ribald and direct comments on the decline of their old world, and leave no doubt that they will survive its downfall…"—Andreas Pichler

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