I Love Venice tells the story of the people that are still living in the touristy city of Venice and the protests they take to the streets. Recently, several protest groups have been set up to save the city. They demonstrate against the commercially motivated city government, the closing of the last remaining hospital and against the many large cruise ships entering the lagoon. These residents fight with passion for their beloved Venice, but always with humor, irony and a keen sense of theater.
What is happening in Venice?
“At what time is Venice closing?” or “are people still living in Venice?” are the two questions often asked by innocent tourists to the last remaining inhabitants of the city. Is Venice the first city turning into a theme park? Venice used to be the most utopian city in the world, a place without cars, a quiet and dreamy place with a high quality of living. It all changed twenty years ago when real estate was left to the free market. Private houses became B&B’s or hotels and grocery stores and bakeries transformed into pizza restaurants and shops selling masks ‘made in China’. Now, the city is too expensive to live in, property is sold to rich foreigners and rents continue to skyrocket.
The city attracts 30 million tourists each year and this number is even expected to rise again as massive tourism is expected in the next years, coming from China and India. In some neighborhoods the city is so congested with tourists that living has become impossible. After World War II Venice had 175,000 residents. Today it is below a dramatic 60.000.
- 55 minutes
- English subtitles
- Directed by Quirine Racké and Helena Muskens (2013)