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Fuocoammare (2016)

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Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

Director:

Gianfranco Rosi

Writers:

Gianfranco Rosi, Carla Cattani (idea)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

18 February 2016 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Mare nostrum See more »

Filming Locations:

Lampedusa, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€384,633 (Italy), 29 February 2016

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,906, 21 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$114,535, 17 March 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi highly appreciated the movie, stating that he would carry with him 27 DVD copies of the film to a session of the European Council. Each one of the copies was given to a head of state or government of the European Union. See more »

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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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