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Fire at Sea (2016)

Fuocoammare (original title)
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Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.


Gianfranco Rosi


Gianfranco Rosi, Carla Cattani (idea)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Samuele Pucillo Samuele Pucillo ... Self
Mattias Cucina Mattias Cucina ... Self
Samuele Caruana Samuele Caruana ... Self
Pietro Bartolo Pietro Bartolo ... Self
Giuseppe Fragapane Giuseppe Fragapane ... Self
Maria Signorello Maria Signorello ... Self
Francesco Paterna Francesco Paterna ... Self
Francesco Mannino Francesco Mannino ... Self
Maria Costa Maria Costa ... Self


Situated some 200km off Italy's southern coast, Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the Mediterranean island, capturing its history, culture and the current everyday reality of its 6,000-strong local population as hundreds of migrants land on its shores on a weekly basis. The resulting documentary focuses on 12-year-old Samuele, a local boy who loves to hunt with his slingshot and spend time on land even though he hails from a culture steeped in the sea.

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Director Gianfranco Rosi's filmmaking style is so unobtrusive that a year after he began interviewing him, Lampedusa's Dr. Bartolo asked when he was going to start shooting. Rosi told him that he had already submitted the film to the Berlin Film Festival. See more »


Pietro Bartolo: It is the duty of every human being to help these people.
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Perfect Balance between Beauty and Pain
9 March 2017 | by mikenow-511-400540See all my reviews

Fuocoammare AKA Fire at Sea is a 2016 Italian documentary feature that made it through the whole 66 Berlin International Film Festival to get The Golden Bear which is the most prestigious award of the festival, and it totally deserved it.

Documentary films can be known for have a harsh look given his nature of realism and objectivity, the visual element becomes secondary when it's Reality the substance of the discourse in the movie, and also having in mind the idea of the political possibilities that this tool offers is normal to think that aesthetics are not really relevant.

In this case, Fire at Sea achieves the perfect balance between both elements: Political statement or position from a very Objective point of view; and very beautiful visual development without affect to much the reality of happenings. We are talking about a spellbinding but bittersweet piece of work that it can really shock you both painfully and delightedly, it's captivating but thrilling at the same time a really must see feature.

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Release Date:

18 February 2016 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lampedusa, Italy See more »


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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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