Above: Movie poster for the film, "Terraferma"
Now in its sixth year at MOPA, the San Diego Italian Film Festival has grown into an amazing conduit to enjoy Italian culture. From October 26th through November 11th, the festival features 17 spectacular movies that evoke laughter, tears, and passion.
A political power keg sparks intense drama in Emanuele Crialese's latest tale of working class life on a Sicilian Island. On this occasion, Crialese's protagonist is Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio), an old-fashioned fisherman on an island that's quickly turning into a tourist trap. Happening upon an imperiled boatload of African refugees, he selflessly rescues a handful of passengers and hides them from the authorities. Meanwhile, Ernesto's daughter-in-law (Donatella Finocchiaro) and grandson (Filippo Pucillo) agonize over the potential repercussions of harboring illegal immigrants until one of them is driven to commit a horrendous crime.
Please Note: $5 suggested donation
Location: Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA Google Map