Winner - The HP Bridging the Borders Award
Monday, January 16, 9:30 AM
Palm Springs Regal 9
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Italy, 2011, 88 Minute Running Time
Topics: Drama, Political
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles
A political powder keg sparks intense drama in Emanuele Crialese's latest tale of working class Sicilians. On this occasion, Crialese's protagonist is Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio), an old-fashioned fisherman on an island that's quickly turning into a tourist trap. Happening upon an imperiled boatload of African refugees, he selflessly rescues a handful of passengers and hides them from the authorities. Meanwhile, Ernesto's daughter-in-law (Donatella Finocchiaro) and grandson (Filippo Pucillo) agonize over the potential repercussions of harboring illegal immigrants until one of them is driven to commit a horrendous crime.Well-versed in the customs and concerns of Sicilians, Crialese has helmed a film that's rich in authenticity and generous with its insights. Furthermore, the writer/director possesses a gift for seamlessly incorporating front-page issues into the fabric of an intimate family drama. In a narrative rife with struggles—whether it's Ernesto's efforts to preserve his failing livelihood or the immigrants' hazardous pursuit of a better life—the most compelling conflict found here is undoubtedly the one between traditional values and an increasingly callous world.
DIRECTOR: Emanuele Crialese
Producer: Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz
Editor: Simona Paggi
Screenwriter: Emanuele Crialese, Vittorio Moroni
Cinematographer: Fabio Cianchetti
Music: Franco Piersanti
Principal Cast: Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro, Mimmo Cuticcho, Giuseppe Fiorello, Timnit T.
Filmography: The Golden Door (2006), Respiro (2002), Once We Were Strangers (1998)
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