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  • Mon 18 Nov ’13, 3:30pm
  • Wed 20 Nov ’13, 8:30pm


MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier


All Ages


MTG Hawke's Bay

2011 Drama Italian with English subtitles 90 mins

2012 Venice Film Festival: In Competition, Winner - Special Jury Award, Francesco Pasinetti Award; 2012 Golden Globes Italy: Best Supporting Actor; 2012 BFI London Film Festival: Cinema Europa; 2012 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Winner - Special Silver Ribbon

Director Emanuele Crialese (‘Respiro’) directs this multi award-winning gem starring Donatella Finocchiaro about a broken family confronting great changes on a small fishing island near Sicily.

Giulietta (Finocchiaro) decides to rent out the small apartment she shares with her son to summer visitors to make some extra money, and the family move into the garage next door. Meanwhile, Filippo and his grandfather come across a drifting boatload of African immigrants while out on a fishing run. Though Ernesto duly alerts the coastguards, he also goes against official instructions by taking on board a group of immigrants who jumped into the sea from the boat. Among them is Sara, a pregnant Ethiopian woman played by Timnit T - one of only five survivors of a boatload of 70 immigrants that washed up on Lampedusa while the director was working on the treatment for the film.

Terraferma builds with surprises: first teasing as a romance, family or class drama before becoming grippingly suspenseful with doses of open water tension. Crialese’s riveting and stunning third film once again relies on the sea as powerful visual image and metaphor, exploring the human questions behind illegal immigration.

Director: Emanuele Crialese
Starring: Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro, Mimmo Cuticchio, Claudio Santamaria
Rating: M contains drug use & offensive language.

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