Ernesto is 70; he hates change and doesn’t want his fishing boat to be scrapped. His grandson Filippo, whose father was lost at sea, is 20 and juggles his existence between Ernesto’s timeless subsistence and his uncle Nino’s way of life in which catching fish has been replaced by hooking up with tourists. His young, widowed mother, Giulietta, believes that the island’s unchanging lifestyle has turned them all into outsiders and that neither she nor Filippo stand any chance of a different future. One day the sea carries other voyagers into their lives: among them, Sara and her son, who have escaped violent oppression in North Africa. Ernesto, firmly entrenched in the traditional laws of the sea, is very welcoming to all who have traveled over water. However, man’s laws seem to have changed and favour an entirely different approach to illegal immigrants. The family has no choice but to reexamine their way of life.
Cast: Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocciaro, Giuseppe Fiorello, Timnit T., Mimmo Cuticchio
Screenplay: Emmanuele Crialese
Director of Photography: Fabio Cianchetti
Film Editor: Simona Paggi
Composer: Franco Piersanti
Production Designer: Paolo Bonfini
Costume Design: Eva Coen
Sound: Domenico Granata
Producer: Marco Chimenez, Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi, Fabio Conversi
Production Company: Cattleya S.r.l.
World Sales: Elle Driver
Distributor: Telepool GmbH München
Director: Emanuele Crialese