FIRE AT SEA
2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature!
Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary observes Europe’s migrant crisis from the vantage point of a Mediterranean island where hundreds of thousands of refugees, fleeing war and poverty, have landed in recent decades. Rosi shows the harrowing work of rescue operations but devotes most of the film to the daily rhythms of Lampedusa, seen through the eyes of a doctor who treats casualties and performs autopsies, and a feisty but anxious pre-teen from a family of fishermen for whom it is simply a peripheral fact of life. With its emphasis on the quotidian, the film reclaims an ongoing tragedy from the abstract sensationalism of media headlines. (New York Film Festival)
Gianfranco Rosi’s observations of everyday life bring us closer to this place that is as real as it is symbolic, and to the emotional world of some of its inhabitants who are exposed to a permanent state of emergency. At the same time his film, which is commentary-free, describes how, even in the smallest of places, two worlds barely touch.
Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Writer(s): Carla Cattani, Gianfranco Rosi
Cast: Giuseppe Fragapane, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Pucillo
- Winner, Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival, Gianfranco Rosi
- Winner, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin International Film Festival, Gianfranco Rosi
- Nominee, Best Documentary Feature, Academy Awards, Gianfranco Rosi