“Enough with all these people with multiple degrees, I’ll bring a smile,” said Mr Banfi, in reference to the university academics, film directors and former politicians who make up the commission.
“I may not have a degree, but film is part of the world of culture. I’m now going to immerse myself in study so that I can understand what Unesco does.”
He said he planned to propose his hometown, Canosa di Puglia in the southern region of Puglia, for World Heritage status.
Among its rich heritage, he claimed, were “Egyptian tombs”.
When it was pointed out that the ancient Egyptians had left no trace of their civilisation anywhere in Italy, he replied: “Well, in any case, it’s a beautiful place.”