Thursday, November 1, 2012   |   7:00 PM


  • Director: Emanuele Crialese
  • Cast: Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro and Beppe Fiorello
  • Year: 2011
  • Duration: 88 minutes
  • Tickets: On Location
  • Cost: $5 Suggested Donation

A political powder keg sparks intense drama in Emanuele Crialese’s latest tale of working class life on a Sicilian island. On this occasion, Crialese’s protagonist is Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio), an old-fashioned fisherman on an island that’s quickly turning into a tourist trap. Happening upon an imperiled boatload of African refugees, he selflessly rescues a handful of passengers and hides them from the authorities. Meanwhile, Ernesto’s daughter-in-law (Donatella Finocchiaro) and grandson (Filippo Pucillo) agonize over the potential repercussions of harboring illegal immigrants until one of them is driven to commit a horrendous crime.

Well-versed in the customs and concerns of Sicilians, Crialese has directed a film that’s rich in authenticity and generous with its insights. The writer/director possesses a gift for seamlessly incorporating front-page issues into the fabric of an intimate family drama. In a narrative rife with struggles the most compelling conflict found here is undoubtedly the one between traditional values and an increasingly callous world.

This film and Sunday’s film Io sono Li will be the focus of a round table discussion after Sunday’s movie at MoPA.  Please check the San Diego Asian Film Festival schedule for a possible third movie at MoPA immediately before Io sono Li.


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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619.238.7559

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Patricia and William Moore Family

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