Rose Island (2020) is a comedy film based on the true story of a man-made island built off the coast of Italy in the 1960s in international waters and who declared independence status with the UN and European Council. The movie is available on Netflix and was an enjoyable watch, go for it.
Reading the blurb for this film I was reminded of Principality of Sealand, which is near British waters where an abandoned World War II offshore platform wanted to be established as a sovereign state.
Giorgio Rosa (Elio Germano) is a bright young engineer who likes to build machines on his own like a flying drone and then a car – these cause him trouble with the law and a breakup with his girlfriend Gabriella (Matilda De Angelis). To prove to her that he can change the world and inspired by an offshore oil rig advertisement he builds with the help of his friend a small platform off the coast of Bologna by sinking huge hollow steel cylinders and then filling them with seawater. By an act of luck, the platform becomes a huge tourist sensation. To retain their freedom and trouble from the Italian authorities they go for being recognized as a sovereign state. What happens next is told in a humorous fashion by Director Sydney Sibilia.
The way the Italian Government handles them was funny and I was able to laugh at many places. The cast was perfect and the film benefits from fine editing for the right amount of running time.