Filmfest 2012

German Age Rating

Film Website

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his existence between Ernesto’s timeless subsistence and his uncle Nino’s way of life in which catching fish has been replaced by hooking up with tourists.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.

tags: Feature film

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