Director(s): Emanuele Crialese
Venice International Film Festival 2011 - Special Jury Prize / Toronto International Film Festival 2011
TERRAFERMA is the story of an uncontaminated Sicilian island inhabited mainly by fishermen. Although still barely touched by tourism, the islanders have just begun to alter their mentality and behavior as they have started to realize the economic potential of this new industry. At the same time they often have to deal with illegal aliens flooding the island and a new law requiring them to turn back undocumented people seeking aid. This policy stands in direct contrast with the laws of the sea which require the rescue of anyone in distress.
Terraferma is also the story of a family composed of a stubborn old fisherman, a young woman striving for a better life and a young man seeking his moral compass. All of them will have to make difficult decisions that will affect their lives forever.