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Emanuele Crialese



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Emanuele Crialese

Venice International Film Festival 2011 - Special Jury Prize / Toronto International Film Festival 2011

TERRAFERMA is the story of an uncontaminated Sicilian island inhabited mainly by fishermen. Although still barely touched by tourism, the islanders have just begun to alter their mentality and behavior as they have started to realize the economic potential of this new industry. At the same time they often have to deal with illegal aliens flooding the island and a new law requiring them to turn back undocumented people seeking aid. This policy stands in direct contrast with the laws of the sea which require the rescue of anyone in distress.

Terraferma is also the story of a family composed of a stubborn old fisherman, a young woman striving for a better life and a young man seeking his moral compass. All of them will  have to make difficult decisions that will affect their lives forever.


Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro, Mimmo Cuticchio, Giuseppe Fiorello


Director(s): Emanuele Crialese
Screenplay: Emanuele Crialese, Vittorio Moroni
Category Movie: Drama

Production company: Cattleya, Babe Film
Production Date: 2011
Date of First Release: 09/04/2011
French Distributor: Bellissima Films
Country of Origin: Italy, France
Language: Italian
Duration: 87minutes