Released Year: 2016
Runtime: 114 minutes
Directors: Gianfranco Rosi
Writers: Gianfranco Rosi, Carla Cattani
Casts: Samuele Pucillo, Maria Costa, Francesco Paterna, Giuseppe Fragapane, Pietro Bartolo, Maria Signorello, Francesco Mannino, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana
IMDB: Fire at Sea (2016) - IMDB
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A
Total Film -
Rosi offers a simple, stark contrast between quiet moments of everyday life and tragedy as mass fleeing results in sunken boats, horrific injuries and death.
Opting for an observational mode that is nevertheless highly stylized, Rosi understands that an urgent frontline missive needn't be ugly.
Screen International -
[A] powerful, at times shocking but also intensely human documentary.
The Hollywood Reporter -
Where journalism leaves off, Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) begins. It takes a unique documentary filmmaker like Gianfranco Rosi to capture the drama through the periscope of his camera focused on the small Sicilian island of Lampedusa.
Fire at Sea (2016)
Situated some 200km off Italy's southern coast, Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the Mediterranean island, capturing its history, culture and the current everyday reality of its 6,000-strong local population as hundreds of migrants land on its shores on a weekly basis. The resulting documentary focuses on 12-year-old Samuele, a local boy who loves to hunt with his slingshot and spend time on land even though he hails from a culture steeped in the sea.