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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 .... sound recordist
Nicolas Mahieu .... studio recordist
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
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
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
Christian Peritore .... location manager
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:
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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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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Terraferma, 18 July 2012
Author: lasttimeisaw from Cairo, Egypt

A KVIFF screening of TERRAFERMA, last year Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film entry from Italy. The Mediterranean island scenery no wonder captures a feel good cheerfulness since the very first shots of blue sea, a consistent locale as in director Emanuele Crialese's previous island-focused films GOLDEN DOOR 2006 and RESPIRO 2002, but the film has challenged on a more contentious topic, the illegal immigrants coming from the African land, since the island in the film is the very first ground they can set foot on, and subsequently their unexpected arrival will predictably prompts the life of local islanders, with a considerable foil of mainland tourists, the film has acquired quite doable folders.

The film is a decent crowd-pleaser, and the narrative is entangled with substantial emotions from its characters (notably the interplay between Donatella Finocciaro and Timnit T.), another spreading branch is our wide-eyed protagonist's growth pain (Flippo Pucillo is well-chosen in his first leading role, whose innocent appearance and sympathetic personality are typically Italian and radiates great credibility on screen), but unfortunately, both the film and the cast barely miss my 2011 Top 10 list, the competition is tougher and tougher since my accumulated filmography).

The film sets an open ending in the wake of the thorny issue it tackles with, which is a lesser achievement since it somewhat sidesteps a trapped tragic denouement, which reminds me of Matteo Garrone's REALITY (2012, 8/10), out of the realistic mire, both films opt a lightly- surrealistic way to put on some thematic impetus, but the difference is quite evident, in REALITY, the final shot is a sublimation to accent the pathologic society, while in TERRAFERMA, it seems to me is a have-to approach to at least culminate the film in its running time, quite an evasive strategy, or maybe it just opens its way to a sequel? Which I doubt the necessity.

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