'Corrupt politicians should be outed'

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Film director Gianni Amelio has come out as gay. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP
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An Italian film director who was nominated for an Oscar said “it’s the corrupt politicians who should be outed” after coming out as gay.

Gianni Amelio,68, told La Repubblica: "I'm gay, but I'm still waiting for tax dodgers and corrupt politicians to come out."

Amelio, who was nominated for an Oscar for Open Doors in 1989 and has also won several Golden Globes and awards at Cannes, added: “It may be ridiculous at my age but I believe people with a lot of visibility have a duty to be sincere.”

Amelio’s latest documentary, Happy is he who is different (Felice chi è diverso), a journey through the lives of gay Italians between the 19th century and 1980s, is being aired at the Berlin Film Festival in February. 

He also directed Stolen Children in 1992 and Lamerica in 1994.

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