Italy / France 2016, 108 min, Italian, Hebrew & English subtitles
Winner of the 2016 Berlinale’s Golden Bear Award.
The waves crashing against the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, less than 150 km off the African coast, carry hope and despair for the small fishing community that makes its living from the sea, and for the thousands of refugees, trying to reach the island in dilapidated boats. Samuele, the protagonist, is an outdoorsy boy, who pretends he’s a hunter, climbs rocks, and tracks birds. Like his fisherman father and grandfather, he must also learn to live at sea, as a series of intimate family scenes reveal. Almost every day refugees crawl out from that very same sea, after losing friends and family to the waves. Their lives touch his but they don’t. Distant but yet so close.
Previous Festivals: Berlinale