Fire At Sea / Fuocoammare
Director:Gianfranco Rosi / Italy-France / 124 mins / 2016 / Colour / English-Italy
Synopsis: Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival ,’Fire at Sea’ is Gianfranco Rosi’s insightful, heart-rending portrait about the humanitarian crisis taking place in the seas around the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, situated 150 miles south of Sicily.
The island of Lampedusa hit headlines as it is where desperate migrants from Africa and the Middle East arrive each year hoping for a new life in Europe; infact, 400,000 people in the last 20 years. Around its coast thousands are drowned, or dragged dead due to multitude of reasons. The never-ending tide of migrants has made that fear a daily and horrible reality.
Rosi spent months living on the island and engaging with its inhabitants, to accumulate an incredible array of footage, about the history, culture and daily lives of the islanders. The film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the Lampedusan people, focusing on the lives of 12-year-old Samuele, as he explores the land and attempts to gain mastery of the sea. ‘Fire at Sea’ was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language film at the 89th Academy Awards
Direction & Cinematography Gianfranco Rosi
Production Donatella Palermo, Gianfranco Rosi, Roberto Cicutto, Paolo Del Brocco, Serge Lalou, Camille Laemle, Martine Saada, Olivier Pere
Editing Jacopo Quadri
Sound Stefano Grosso
Cast Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo, Giuseppe Fragapane, Maria Signorello,
Francesco Paterna, Francesco Mannino, Maria Costa
Awards / Festivals
- Berlin Film Festival – Golden Bear
- Moscow IFF, La Rochelle IFF
Director Biography: Gianfranco Rosi was born in Asmara, Eritrea. In 1985, he moved to New York and graduated from the New York University Film School. His first documentary film, Boatman, was screened at various international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. BELOW Sea level (2008), shot in Slab City, California, won the Orizzonti Award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for best documentary at the European Film Awards. El-sicario- room -164,(2010) a feature film-interview about a killer turned informer from the Mexican drug cartels, won the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice International Film Festival. In 2013, he filmed the documentary feature, Sacro gra that won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.