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Terraferma -- A Sicilian family deals with the arrival of a group of immigrants on their island.


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7 September 2011 (Italy) See more »
A Sicilian family deals with the arrival of a group of immigrants on their island. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Filippo Pucillo ... Filippo

Donatella Finocchiaro ... Giulietta
Beppe Fiorello ... Nino (as Giuseppe Fiorello)

Mimmo Cuticchio ... Ernesto
Martina Codecasa ... Maura
Tiziana Lodato ... Maria

Claudio Santamaria ... Finanziere
Filippo Scarafia ... Marco
Timnit T. ... Sara
Pierpaolo Spollon ... Stefano
Rubel Tsegay Abraha ... Omar
Lois Clottey ... Bimba Sara
Filippo Luna ... Dottore
Giovanni Cintura ... Tonino
Tindaro Veca ... Pasquale
Biagio Barone ... Vecchio pescatore
Carmelo Marchetta ... Vecchio pescatore
Antonino Bellomo ... Vecchio pescatore (as Nino Bellomo)
Carmelo Cannavò ... Pescatore (as Carmelo Rosario Cannavò)
Vincenzo Saltalamacchia ... Pescatore
Piero Oscar Cardamone ... Franco
Fabio Pucillo ... Banda Franco
Roberto Pucillo ... Banda Franco
Silvio Inguanta ... Banda Franco
Eugenio Bonadonna ... Banda Franco
Mary Di Malta ... Donna biglietteria
Pasquale Giardina ... Prete

Directed by
Emanuele Crialese 
Writing credits
Emanuele Crialese (story)

Vittorio Moroni (screenplay) and
Emanuele Crialese (screenplay)

Produced by
Fabio Massimo Cacciatori .... associate producer
Marco Chimenz .... producer
Fabio Conversi .... producer
Matteo De Laurentiis .... executive producer
Giovanni Stabilini .... producer
Riccardo Tozzi .... producer
Original Music by
Franco Piersanti 
Cinematography by
Fabio Cianchetti 
Film Editing by
Simona Paggi 
Casting by
Chiara Agnello 
Production Design by
Paolo Bonfini 
Costume Design by
Eva Coen 
Makeup Department
Marzia Colomba .... assistant hair stylist
Massimo Gattabrusi .... hair designer
Chiara Ugolini .... assistant makeup artist
Alessandra Vita .... makeup artist
Production Management
Federico Foti .... unit production manager
Valentino Lo Cascio .... assistant production manager
Simone Sterpetti .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincenzo Rosa .... second assistant director
Stefano Ruggeri .... second assistant director
Emiliano Torres .... assistant director
Art Department
Giorgio Barullo .... head painter
D'Ubaldi Cinzia .... digital intermediate assistant
Erminio Lauri .... digital artist
Giuseppe Liotti .... storyboard artist
Marco Ruggieri .... digital artist
Alice Melloni .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jacopo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Luca Anzellotti .... foley editor
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist
Angelo Bonanni .... boom operator
Christophe Brajdic .... sound consultant
Davide D'Onofrio .... boom operator
Vincent Gregorio .... sound assistant
Vincent Guillon .... supervising sound editor
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre-Yves Lavoué .... sound mixer
Nicolas Mahieu .... studio recordist
Nicolas Mahieu .... studio recordist: Arabesque
Johann Nallet .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Loïc Prian .... sound editor
Velislava Stoyanova .... second boom operator
Visual Effects by
Fabio Luongo .... visual effects artist: Visualogie
Stefano Marinoni .... visual effects supervisor
Federica Nisi .... visual effects coordinator
Paola Trisoglio .... visual effects producer
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Andrei .... camera operator
Alessio Bastianelli .... first assistant camera
Jeremy Braben .... aerial director of photography
Danilo Caruso .... underwater focus puller
Claudio Frollano .... gaffer
Alias Gallione .... second assistant camera
Romualdo Nati .... supertechnocrane technician
Massimo Rinella .... grip
Donatella Sforza .... video assist operator
Marco Sticchi .... electrician
Giovanni Tancredi .... electrician
Marco Tani .... camera operator: "b" camera
Paolo Tiberti .... key grip
Simone Trecca .... under water focus puller
Esther Venanzi .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Maurilio Mangano .... extras casting assistant
Ugo Polizzi .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margherita Meddi .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Andrea Baracca .... colorist
Iolanda Pinna .... assistant editor
Location Management
Christian Peritore .... location manager
Music Department
Joshua Berman .... music coordinator
Goffredo Gibellini .... score mix engineer
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Giannandrea Mazza .... music pre-production
Roma Film Orchestra .... music performed by
Other crew
Joshua Berman .... co-production supervisor
Francesco Casisa .... runner
Federica Cinquepalmi .... assistant production coordinator
Lucille Cristaldi .... script supervisor
Claudia Croce .... production assistant
Nicola Di Terlizzi .... Assistant Location Manager
Clemence Forestier .... chief financial officer: Babe films
Giovanni Giardina .... runner
Christian Giuliani .... production coordinator
Giuseppe La Russa .... production office assistant
Marco Mattei .... production accountant
Francesca Romana Miani .... production assistant
Erica Negri .... development coordinator
Nathanaël Poupin .... business & legal affairs
Antonia Tammaro .... assistant accountant
Natale Aldo Tuccio .... runner

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Rated R for some language and brief nudity
88 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Italy:T | Japan:PG12 | Portugal:M/12 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | USA:R

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Italy's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Times, They are A-Changing..., 2 May 2012
Author: soncoman from United States

"Terraferma" has an awful lot of things going on in it. Set on the isle of Sicily off of Italy's southern coast, there's a generational battle going on between a grandfather, his son and a grandson over the family fishing boat and business. There's a battle going on between the grandson and his mother over his future. There's a battle going on between the business/tourism faction of the island and the problem of illegal immigration. There's a battle between the Italian Coast Guard and the older generation of fishermen over the practice of the traditional "Law of the Sea." There's a battle between the local police force (the carabinieri) and the fishermen.

All these battles come together one fateful night when the grandfather adheres to tradition and refuses to leave African emmigrants in the water to drown. The ramifications of this act reverberate through all members of his family, even more so when he refuses to turn a pregnant woman over to the police and gives her shelter.

The film focuses on the character of Filippo, the grandson torn between the generations. Respectful and almost adoring of his grandfather, his belief in him (and his grandfather's beliefs) is challenged in the film's most disturbing scene. He is given the chance to uphold the "Law of the Sea" - and fails.

It sounds hackneyed to call "Terraferma" a 'coming of age' story. The difference here is that Filippo is not the only one coming of age. The grandfather, the son, the grandson, the mother and the nation itself are all coming of age - a new, global age with a whole new set of challenges. How do traditions survive in this age? With great difficulty, but by one person at a time.

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