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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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... Filippo
... Giulietta
Beppe Fiorello ... Nino (as Giuseppe Fiorello)
... Ernesto
Martina Codecasa ... Maura
Tiziana Lodato ... Maria
... Finanziere
Filippo Scarafia ... Marco
Timnit T. ... Sara
Pierpaolo Spollon ... Stefano
Rubel Tsegay Abraha ... Omar
Lois Clottey ... Bimba Sara
... Dottore
Giovanni Cintura ... Tonino
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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Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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7 September 2011 (Italy)  »

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€9,150,000 (estimated)
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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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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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Le Vent Nous Portera
Written by Noir Desir
Performed by Sophie Hunger
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Superior Italian Boat People piece.
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A remarkable film from a group of busy Italian film makers whose output is largely unknown in the English speaking world, though the director's RESPIRO did get some sub-titled screening. This one deserves the Oscar it's been put up for.

Hardships among Sicilian fishermen (oh oh) who become involved with I clandestini - illegal immigrants (Oh Oh!) but this one has a sharper edge than the do gooder-films that usually make their way into art theatres. The night time white water advancing on the small boat has genuine menace and the again admirable Finocchiaro turning on the black woman they saved, when pregnant and abandoned by her fellow escapees, is all the more effective because it's unfamiliar. The film is not without compassion but underlays it with a new realism.

Cast, crisp camera-work, sunny scenes of ocean front life, the spectacle of half clothed tourist merry makers, whose relation with the locals is as dodgy as that of the Africans, all add to the impact of an involving and accomplished production.


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