Sarcasm, caricature, irony and paradox: the Forte dei Marmi Political Satire Award is back, edition number 50, which on Saturday 17 September will transform the seaside town of Versilia into the Italian capital of desecration. At 6 pm, at the Capannina di Franceschi, the famous venue that has welcomed many editions of the award, also hosting the set of a cult film such as Taste of sea, the Italian and international satirical scratch of writers, authors, journalists, designers and comedians will be awarded. On stage, to do the honors and in perfect line with the irreverent touch of the event, there will be the actress, director and satirist Michela Andreozzi.
Directed by Beppe Cottafavi – book editor and semiologist, inventor and director of Comix for the Panini brothers of Modena, responsible for the cultural pages of the newspaper Tomorrow – the “Political Satire” this year promises to identify the artists capable of indicating “a kind of zero degree of the state of the art – anticipates the artistic director – which has suddenly made the past archaic, giving a glimpse of the future. And the Prize , after such a difficult period as this one marked by the pandemic that has profoundly changed the languages of humor, confirms itself as a garrison of satire, and therefore of freedom, in years that are certainly not happy. Satire is a critique of power through humor, in all languages: graphic, literary, musical, audiovisual, actor. And the Prize arrives in the middle of the election campaign, one seventh before the elections of September 25. Almost a prophecy. And a lot of material for the future edition. Even the short circuit of the return of the past with the umpteenth return of Berlusconi to politics “.
“The Political Satire Award is 50 years old. A beautiful date for a beautiful and long history that has made Forte dei Marmi the capital of Satire – declares the mayor Bruno Murzi – The award was born with a resolution of the municipal council in August 1973: it is no coincidence that recognition, the idea of Umberto Donati and Carlo Augusto Polacci, blossoms right in Tuscany, a land of biting and biting spirits. With the ambitious intention of enhancing those who dared to challenge the taboo of untouchability of Italian politicians, creating at the same time an intelligent link between the political world and public opinion. Since then Forte dei Marmi has hosted a large number of world protagonists of satire and humor who have come to receive this award, which has become increasingly prestigious “.
THE WINNERS OF THE 50TH EDITION
Satire Award for Journalism to FRANCESCA FAGNANI
Style is everything. For the satirical journalism of Francesca Fagnani. She is direct, biting, ironic, shrewd, bold and quick. Without whims or prejudices. A ferocious beast with angelic eyes. The point is that she knows evil, a fundamental ingredient of satire, and she knows how to tell it. Because you have a doctorate in Dante’s philology. Her cult interviews resemble a boxing match. Her battleground is a ring, within which she moves with elegance, bewitching her opponent until she strikes the final blow. Becoming – unthinkable for a talk show – viral even among the very young: on TikTok the hashtag #Beasts has millions and millions of views.
Satire Award for the book The reunion Feltrinelli to PIETRO GALEOTTI
In this survival manual there are rules that apply to almost any type of meeting. A testimony of the painful lightness of a television author who tells his job in an ironic and ferocious memoir, populated by characters poised between enthusiasm and resignation: “Let’s resist as much as possible, they pay us a lot for humiliation”. Anecdotes, stories of flops and successes, of incomprehensible choices of management and the public. Meanwhile, the meeting continues.
Satire Award for the stand up to ELEAZARO ROSSI
Eleazaro, more than any other stand-up comedian of his generation, was able to make the fundamentals of the genre his own, elevating them to a higher level and making them accessible to all. Anyone can find themselves in a monologue of him, without the need to identify too much and without the need to imagine themselves elsewhere. That’s everything a comedian should be: direct, brutal, sincere. Never banal, never predictable, never expected. Amazing, without forcing your hand. He managed to remain himself even a Hyenas, without being engulfed by the fast pace of the transmission. A surprise.
Satire Prize for Music to VALERIO LUNDINI EI VAZZANIKKI
Vazzanikki are proudly out of time, anchored to a moment, a fashion, a music and a taste that no longer exist. They are nonsense done in bands and freshness done in music, ranging from virtuosity to nonsense, up to the parody of social commitment. Unpretentious but also without too many regrets, if not that of Rock’n’Roll: the very concept of comedian applied to music.
Satire Award for the podcast to EDOARDO FERRARIO AND LUCA RAVENNA / CACHEMIRE
In two seasons, Cashmere embodied something very similar to the voice of a generation: that of the newfound stand-up comedy and the void caused by two years of uncertainty and closures. Ferrario and Ravenna, together with Cecilia Attanasio, Alice Olivieri, Tahir Hussain and Carmelo Advanced, rode the new vehicles and tamed them, giving Italy its first, true, mature, comic podcast.
Satire Award for social media at the ETEROBASICS
There are those who recognize themselves in their jokes, for having said them at least once in their life, and those who lie. Maria Chiara Cicolani and Valeria De Angelisi, the creators of the Heterobasic profile (almost 200 thousand followers on Instagram, one philosopher, the other designer), interpret the thousand shades of the heterobasic male with irony and lightness, deconstructing gender stereotypes with a laugh. From the padel court to the traffic of the Raccordo, from the shopping center to the North curve, it is a portrait of the average man who is ruthless and bleak, but also irresistibly funny. The proof of their success is that many followers are heterobasic males who, instead of haters, love them. And their girlfriends as well. Because deep down, there is a little heterobasic male in each of us. Men and women. We might as well laugh about it.
Satire Award for the live show and for the book to ALESSANDRO GORI
Confessions of a swinger couple to their dying son: the title of his latest book by Rizzoli Lizard would be enough to tell the world of Alessandro Gori, who handles the grotesque with the grace of a harp player, mixing topical references to a timeless pop imagery made of home delivery of frozen foods , of broadcasts by Daniele Piombi, of discount snacks. A very high comic syntax, precise in the smallest details, which is enhanced in its live shows. Professor Claudio Giunta, preclaro philologist (Satire Award 2015) defined him as “The best Italian comic writer”: we can only agree with him.
Satire Award for illustration and animation to CARTONI DEAD
In times when language, speed and timing are everything, Andrea Lorenzon’s animated satire has stood out for years for its ability to always be on the spot, telling current events and customs with a quality and liveliness appreciated by millions of followers. Handyman, he writes, animates and double his “Dead Cartoons” all by himself, without holding back even when it comes to diving into the sea of politics and competing with those who, by now, make people laugh professionally.
Satire Award for TV to LUCA E PAOLO
From Mtv to Sanremo, from Hyenas to Café roomfrom Ciro – Target’s son to the covers of Tuesday, the satire of Luke and Paul has crossed the last quarter of a century always remaining true to itself: they have made fun of everything and everyone, keeping away from the dominant thought and never trying to sit on the side of the “good ones”. In the trajectory of the careers of artists and intellectuals (brilliant promises, usual assholes, revered masters) they have settled on the central step, and they seem to find themselves very well there. So much so that one of their most successful masks is that of the shit cousins, always ready to demolish the vip on duty: a perfect – and premonitory – metaphor of social networks, which do not forgive either successes or failures.
International Satire Award to IVAN URGANT
In the last, spooky days of 2020, forced into the house by the lockdown, we expected everything but to find ourselves laughing out loud at a show by a Russian comedian. Instead, Ivan Urgant’s crazy idea of celebrating the new year with the style of the scollacciati varieties of Italy in the Eighties (and of doing it in Italian, translating sketches and songs) proved to be a success: Hello 2020 And Hello 2021 they are masterpieces of irony to see and review, full of quotes and touches of class. Unfortunately, thanks to a tweet against the war in Ukraine, the Urgant show has disappeared from the schedules: we hope to see it again soon, possibly in peacetime.