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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.

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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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Storyline

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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Trivia

Italy's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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TERRAFERMA
Original Music Cmposed by Franco Piersanti
Perfomer soloists:
Violin - Lisa Green
Cello - Luca Pincini
Accordion: Fabio Ceccarelli
Electric guitar: Adriano Martino
Classical guitar: Riccardo Rocchi
Mandolin, Mandola and mandoloncello: Sofia Maurer
Percussion: Vittorino Naso
Saxophone: Pasquale Lai
Orchestra coordination by 'Angelo Giovagnoli'
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Terraferma
18 July 2012 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

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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