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Terraferma (2011)

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

Director:

Emanuele Crialese

Writers:

Emanuele Crialese (story), Vittorio Moroni (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Filippo Pucillo ... Filippo
Donatella Finocchiaro ... Giulietta
Beppe Fiorello ... Nino (as Giuseppe Fiorello)
Mimmo Cuticchio ... Ernesto
Martina Codecasa Martina Codecasa ... Maura
Tiziana Lodato Tiziana Lodato ... Maria
Claudio Santamaria ... Finanziere
Filippo Scarafia Filippo Scarafia ... Marco
Timnit T. Timnit T. ... Sara
Pierpaolo Spollon Pierpaolo Spollon ... Stefano
Rubel Tsegay Abraha Rubel Tsegay Abraha ... Omar
Lois Clottey Lois Clottey ... Bimba Sara
Filippo Luna ... Dottore
Giovanni Cintura Giovanni Cintura ... Tonino
Tindaro Veca Tindaro Veca ... Pasquale
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A Sicilian family deals with the arrival of a group of immigrants on their island.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Sicilian | Amharic

Release Date:

7 September 2011 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Материк See more »

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Budget:

€9,150,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Crialese's Best Film Yet
14 June 2012 | by gdsnyc-1See all my reviews

Terraferma is without doubt the best film by the Sicilian director Crialese, whose earlier works include Respiro and Nuovomondo. It is a powerful, often disturbing and strongly emotional film (which some viewers and critics, mainly from the English-speaking world, seem to have difficulty with)that deals with one of the most urgent issues facing Italy, and Western Europe, the influx of desperately poor immigrants/refugees from Africa. The film is set on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, which in recent years has received so many of these people that their "centri di accoglienza" can barely accommodate them. The harsh Bossi-Fini law, and an agreement worked out between Berlusconi's and Khaddafi's government, resulted in many immigrants who'd made it to Italy via Libya being sent back to Libya, where many were horribly mistreated. The elderly fisherman Ernesto, who rescues at sea an African mother and her son, represents an older, humane ethos, a Christian ethic in the best sense and the code of seafarers that demands one never abandons anyone lost at sea. Strong performances all around from the professional actors, including the wonderful Donatella Finocchiaro, who has appeared in the films of the Palermo-based director Roberta Torre, and the casting of actual local fishermen (there's a marvelous scene where they plot to get back at the oppressive and heartless carabineri)imparts a vivid authenticity. Terraferma also is visually stunning; Crialese loves the Mediterranean and he imbues "the wine-dark sea" with both mystical and socio-political import, as its shores embrace various yet similar civilizations. A beautiful, engrossing film with heart, soul, humor, and a powerful humanistic vision.


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