When a person thinks of Italy, they might conjure up images of steaming plates of pasta, beautiful renaissance art, the rolling hills of Tuscany, or the canals of Venice. Perhaps they imagine a Roman holiday spent zipping down narrow streets on the back of a Vespa, or goat herders in Sicily, or the deep blue waters of the Amalfi coast. Or maybe they imagine former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his gross friends rubbing up on models at one of his “bunga bunga” parties.
We’ve already seen films about the romantic aspects of Italy—now it’s time to look at the country’s insidious and deeply tanned underbelly. According to Page Six:
Model Ambra Battilana is working on a movie about sex-obsessed former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his infamous “bunga bunga” bashes.
Battilana and Archstone Pictures will announce the movie Friday in Cannes, and we’re told it is “a political thriller about the demise of one of the most powerful, wealthy and influential leaders of our time. [A] hard-hitting movie that will blow the lid off the secrecy of the men and governments that protected him.”
Battilana—who attended Berlusconi’s parties in 2010 when she was 19 years old—testified against the former prime minister in 2012 when he was on trial for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old prostitute.
Battilana has since described the bunga bunga events as places where women were expected to perform “degrading acts.” At the time of the trial, CNN reported on another model, Imane Fadil, who “said women dressed as nuns removed their habits as they danced at the party in February 2010.”
She was embarrassed and asked to leave the party, but Berlusconi persuaded her to stay, showing her around his villa and giving her gifts including a watch, rings and cash, she told the court, according to Italian media.
She said Berlusconi had promised her a job at one of his television stations, but it never materialized.
Berlusconi was initially found guilty of sex with an underage prostitute, but was then acquitted.
Battilana’s film, according to a Page Six source, will be “full of intrigue, sex, power and corruption.”
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