Sicily and, in particular, Lampedusa, as told by Gianfranco Rosi’s latest effort, will represent Italy at the most important film event: the Academy Award ceremony, on February 26 in Los Angeles.
The documentary was selected as nominee together with: “I’m your Negro”, “A life animated”, “O.J.: Made in America” and “13th”. Initially, Rosi’s film, was selected for the “Best Foreign Film” category, but was subsequently excluded.
Rosi’s film is a documentary about life in Lampedusa, the island that for years has been at the forefront of welcoming migrants. Appearing as themselves, the protagonists are the inhabitants of the island: the doctor who first examines those who are saved in the waves, the Italian children who observe the adults struggling with a sometimes complex cohabitation, the officers of the Navy patrolling the sea.
In some respects “Fuocoammare” might, at least for the choice of protagonists, remind of the masterpiece of Luchino Visconti, “The earth trembles”, based on the novel “I Malavoglia” by Giovanni Verga in which, for that matter, the assistant director was Francesco Rosi. The two Rosi are not relatives, but they have the same surname, and Gianfranco tells how, once, he pretended to be the son of the great Francesco (who died in 2015) to be facilitated in the making of the film.
‘Fuocoammare’ has won the Golden Bear, which Rossi donated to residents of Lampedusa, in February 2016, and on that occasion he renewed the appeal for the Peace Nobel Prize to be awarded to the island of Lampedusa and its inhabitants.
Ilona Catani Scarlett