Friday, October 25, 2013   |   7:00 pm

Viola di mare

Sea Purple

  • Director: Donatella Maiorca
  • Cast: Starring Valeria Solarino (Angela/Angelo), Isabella Aragonese (Sara), Maria Grazia Cucinotta (Agnese), Ennio Fantastichini (Salvatore), Giselda Volodi (Lucia)
  • Year: 2009
  • Duration: 98 mins
  • Tickets: Online and Location
  • Cost: $14.00 at the door. Save through Early Bird purchase online – members $11, all others $12. Deadline for Early Bird specials is Oct. 23.

An unthinkable love story between two young women transforms the lives of an entire community on an island off the coast of Sicily in the 19th century.

Based on true historical events first adapted into a novel in 2004, Viola di mare/Sea Purple (2009) tells the story of Angela’s female-to-male transformation for love of her long-time friend Sara. The story is set on an island off the coast of Sicily in the 19th century, in an immutable and uncontaminated universe where as Prince Salina of The Leopard would say, “everything has to change for everything to stay the same.”

While the love story between the two female protagonists, beautifully played by up-and-coming Italian actresses Valeria Solarino and Isabella Aragonese, remains at the center, the film also exposes the brutal labor conditions forced upon the inhabitants of the island, and the hypocrisy of the powerful perpetrated with the blessing of the church. The film explores the fluidity of gender and sexual identities and denounces the damages of a hostile patriarchal system.

Ennio Fantastichini, Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Giselda Volodi give riveting performances as supporting cast while Gianna Nannini’s soundtrack is spellbinding against the backdrop of a stunning wild landscape.

Special guest — actor and producer Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Parking Information

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)

1649 El Prado  San Diego, CA 92101

Parking lots are available in Balboa Park, both to the north and south of MOPA, including behind the Organ Pavilion, south of the Science Museum, and north of the Natural Sciences Museum.  Another option is a lot near the Naval Medical Center just to the east of Park Blvd. and President’s Way.  The Park runs a trolley from the parking lot there up to the Plaza de Panama.

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Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619.238.7559

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