Archive of films Fire at Sea / Fuocoammare
Italy / France
2016, 108 min
The Mediterranean island of Lampedusa – for some a safe haven, for others a graveyard. Every day the local inhabitants look on sadly at one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of our day. It’s impossible to be indifferent to the incalculable human suffering because the work denies us the chance of looking away from the cruel reality. Golden Bear winner for Best Film at this year’s Berlinale.
Twelve-year-old Samuel doesn’t always want to go to school; he’d rather climb a tree with his slingshot or goof off at the dock. His satisfied childhood, however, unfolds in nontraditional surroundings, on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea that has become a destination point for Africans setting out across the stormy waters in rickety vessels. Lampedusa – for some a safe haven, for others a graveyard. A world of its own cut off from the rest of Europe, and known perhaps best by Dr. Bartolo, the only doctor on the island… As if through the eyes of local inhabitants, Gianfranco Rosi’s film takes in the rocky landscape and the surrounding sea where one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of our time is unfolding. The comprehensive creative approach eschews efforts to provoke controversy or superficial polemics. Although one can perceive the phenomenon of immigration in a number of ways, it is impossible to be indifferent to the incalculable human suffering. Especially as the documentary, awarded the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale, taps into the urgency of the situation, barring the possibility of looking away from the cruel reality.
About the director
Gianfranco Rosi (b. 1964, Asmara, Eritrea) left his country of birth at age 13 due to the extended war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. He studied in Italy for several years before moving in 1985 to the United States where he graduated from New York University Film School. His first director-producer film Boatman (1993) screened at Sundance, Locarno, Toronto, Karlovy Vary and elsewhere. Below Sea Level (2008), which investigates a small community of social outcasts in the California desert, won the Orizzonti Award at Venice, was victorious at the One World fest in Prague, and was nominated for a European Film Award. El sicario – Room 164 (2010), about a member of a Mexican drug cartel, received the FIPRESCI Prize at Venice among other awards from festivals around the world. Sacro GRA (2013), a mosaic of portraits from the outskirts of Rome, was the first documentary to win the Golden Lion for Best Film at Venice.
About the film
|Dir. of Photography:||Gianfranco Rosi|
|Art Director:||Fabrizio Federico|
|Producer:||Donatella Palermo, Gianfranco Rosi, Roberto Cicutto, Paolo Del Brocco, Serge Lalou, Camille Laemlé, Martine Saada, Olivier Père|
|Production:||Stemal Entertainment, 21uno Film, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Rai Cinema, Les Films d'Ici, Arte France Cinéma|
|Cast:||Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo|
|Sales:||Doc & Film International|