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


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Release Date:
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 .... 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
Francesco Renda .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Christian Peritore .... location manager
Music Department
Joshua Berman .... music coordinator
Daniel Blumenfeld .... lyrics: additional music
Cesare Botta .... music assistant
Christian Castagno .... lyrics: additional music
Fabio Ceccarelli .... accordion
Lu Colombo .... performer: additional music
Roberto Corsi .... music consultant
Goffredo Gibellini .... score mix engineer
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordination
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Lisa Green .... violin
Jarina .... performer: additional music
Pasquale Lai .... saxophone
Adriano Martino .... electric guitar
Irka Mateo .... lyrics: additional music
Sonia Maurer .... mandolin, mandola, and mandoloncello
Giannandrea Mazza .... music pre-production
Giannandrea Mazza .... programmer
Vittorino Naso .... percussion
Luca Pincini .... cello
Riccardo Rocchi .... guitar
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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Additional Details

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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.
in search of solid ground, 7 June 2012
Author: dromasca from Herzlya, Israel

All the characters in Emanuele Crialese's Terraferma are in search of the solid ground, for safety, for the certainty of tomorrow. And yet, nothing seems to be solid in their destinies. The story happens on a small island near the bigger island of Sicily, an area of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The local community sees its traditional economy based on fishing threatened, its mode of life based on honor and the rough justice of the sea threatened by everything around - decaying fishing crops, invading tourists, the dissolution of the moral fabric of the local society. And then an apparently bigger threat comes as desperate African boat immigrants start showing up at the shores, after having risked their lives in the stormy seas, flying in despair the devastated continent of their birth.

I am not sure if the programming of this film together with the French 'Intouchables' was a coincidence. Both films deal with the problem of the African refugees seen as a symbol of the different people of different cultures trying to enter the Old Continent, same as repeated waves of immigration have stormed its gates all along the history. The same thing happens today in my country, and there are no easy responses, not on what concerns the clash of cultures and mentalities, not on the political or economic planes, and not on the human one. The shared message of the two films with their very different stories told in very different registers is that human beings can find their resources and show solidarity at moments of maximal crisis.

Despite the story line which is a little too expected and simplistic 'Terraferma' succeeds to create emotion, with a few direct and well directed scenes. The story is a coming to age and an Italian family drama in the good Italian tradition to the same extent that it is an immigrant drama. The film is beautifully filmed, the director and the cameraman obviously love the sea and the landscape of the Mediterranean and make the best of these in a few sequences to remember. With good acting and a message that is fundamentally optimistic in its trust of the capacity of men staying human in the most adverse situations the rather anonymous 'Terraferma' did not fall much behind the 'Intouchables' which was one of the most successful films in the history of the French cinema.

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