Samuele is 12 years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, loves to shoot his slingshot and and to go hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women and children who try to cross it to get to his island.
But his is not an island like the others, its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom.
Original Title: Fuocoammare
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 106 min.
Directed by: Gianfranco Rosi
Written by: Gianfranco Rosi
Produced by: Donatella Palermo, Gianfranco Rosi, Serge Lalou, Camille Laemle, Roberto Cicutto, Paolo Del Brocco, Martine Saada, Olivier Pere
Director of Photography: Gianfranco Rosi
Protagonists: Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo, Giuseppe Fragapane, Maria Signorello, Francesco Paterna, Francesco Mannino, Maria Costa
Born in Asmara (Eritrea), after attending university in Italy, in 1985 Gianfranco Rosi moved to New York and graduated from the New York University Film School. Following a journey to India, he produced and directed his first documentary film, BOATMAN, screened with success at various international film festivals including Sundance, Locarno and Toronto. In 2008, BELOW SEA LEVEL, shot in Slab City, California, won the Orizzonti Award at the Venice FF. The film also won the Grand Prix and the Prix des Jeunes at the Cinéma du Réel FF in 2009, the prize for best documentary at the One World FF in Prague, the Vittorio De Seca prize for best documentary at Bif&st 2009 and was nominated as best documentary at the European Film Awards in 2009. In 2010, he shot the feature EL SICARIO – ROOM 164, a film-interview about a killer turned informer from the Mexican drug cartels and won the Fipresci Award at the Venice IFF and the Doc/It prize as the best documentary of the year. It also won Best Film at DocLisboa in 2010 and at Doc Aviv in 2011. In 2013, he made the documentary feature, SACRO GRA, that won the Golden Lion at the Venice IFF.