Keanu Reeves, Francis Ford Coppola, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee and others support support for the Italian cinema collective Cinema America, which physically attacked four members of its organization by an alleged all-right organization following a screening of Paul Schrader First Reformed.
Cinema America, also known as Piccolo America (Little America), is based in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere and is known for free outdoor movie screenings. Italian media reports that its members were allegedly attacked to wear t-shirts bearing the collective's name, which the attackers regarded as "anti-fascist" clothing. They were killed because they did not comply.
Italian media said the June 1
Reeves and others have signed a statement from Cinema America issued Thursday. The organization first published the statement on its Facebook page
The Guardian media outlet translated the statement into Italian. "It is unacceptable that there is still someone who thinks they can impose their views through violence … We cannot accept a wound of this kind that has not only art and cinema but also the whole world."
Guillermo del Toro, Stephen Frears and actors Willem Dafoe Jeremy Irons, Debra Winger, Richard Gere and John Malkovich have also signed the letter of support.
Italian media said that on June 16, a youth member flew by Italy's neo-fascist CasaPound political party called Blocco Studentesco.
Cinema America organizes free outdoor movie screenings in Rome.