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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.

With the support of the Italian Institute of Culture.

Previous Festivals: Berlinale (Golden Bear), Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, European Film Academy Award Nominee (Prix Arte)

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Screening Schedule:
  • Thu 01.07 | 16:00 | Cinematheque 2
  • Sat 03.07 | 16:45 | Cinematheque 2
  • Fri 09.07 | 21:30 | Cinematheque 2
  • Watch online | The film will be available From July 1st until July 31st

Gianfranco Rosi, born in Asmara, in Eritrea, with Italian and American nationality, after attending university in Italy, moves to New York and graduates from the New York University Film School in 1985. Following a journey to India in 1993, he produces and directs Boatman, about a boatman on the banks of the Ganges, which he shows with success at various international festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival. After the short film Afterwords, that was shown at the 57th Venice International film Festival, in 2008 in Slab City, California, he shoots the documentary Below Sea Level about community of homeless people who live on a desert plain 40 meters below sea level: the film wins Best Film in the Horizons section of the Venice International Festival and at Doc/It. It also takes the Grand Prix, the Prix des Jeunes al Cinéma du Réel, the prize for best film at the One World Film Festival in Prague, the Vittorio De Seta Prize at Bif&st 2009 and is nominated for Best Documentary at the European Film Awards 2009. In 2010 he shoots El Sicario – Room 164, a film interview from a story by Charles Bowden about a hitman on the run from Mexican drug cartels. The film wins the Fipresci Award at the Venezia Film International Festival, the Doc/It prize for Best Documentary of the Year, Best Film at DocLisboa in 2010 and at Doc Aviv in 2011.
In 2013 he wins the Golden Lion at Venice with Sacro GRA, the film where he tells the story of hitherto unseen humanity that lives around the Grande Raccordo Anulare (the ring road highway) that circles Rome. It is the first time a documentary is awarded the Golden Lion. In 2016, Rosi wins the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Festival with Fuocoammare, stories from the island of Lampedusa, about its inhabitants, fishermen and migrants. While in Italy it wins the Italian Golden Globe, receives two nomination for the David of Donatello Awards and wins a Nastro d’Argento, Fire at Sea (its international title) will bring Lampedusa, an island that is a symbol of migration, to the whole world at festivals and in movie theaters, gaining further recognition with a win at the European Film Awards and a nomination for the Oscar for Best Documentary.

2010 EL SICARIO - ROOM 164

Production: Serge Lalou, Donatella Palermo, Gianfranco Rosi, Roberto Ciccutto, Paolo del Brocco, Martin Saada, Olivier Pere, Camille Laemle
Production Company: Les Films d'Ici, Stemal Entertainment, 21 Uno Film, Istituto Luce - Cinecitta, Rai Cinema, Arte France Cinéma
Editing: Jacopo Quadri


Supporters & Broadcasters: Italian Institute of Culture