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Italian director Gianfranco Rosi wins Berlin Film Festival with “Fire at sea”

Gianfranco Rosi and Meryl Streep

BERLIN – Fuocoammare (Fire at sea) by award winning director Gianfranco Rosi, the only Italian film in competition at the 66th edition of the Berlin Film Festival, won last night the Golden Bear. The documentary film, produced by Donatella Palermo and Rai Cinema was shot in Lampedusa for a full year, where Rosi was able to film all the migratory flows towards the Italian coasts. “The hardest past was to film the death” says the director.

fuocoammare-locandinaThe editing of the entire film took place on the island itself, said the director, who invited on stage all his staff during the ceremony last night, alongside with Meryl Streep. “This is a prize for producers – is a prize for all. My deepest thoughts go to all those who never made it to Lampedusa, to those who have died. I dedicate this work to Lampedusa who welcomed me and the people who came. Lampedusa is the island of fisherman, and fishermen welcome whatever comes from the sea. This is a lesson we have to learn.” He continued: “For the first time Europe is discussing seriously about the rules that need to be fixed, I’m not happy with what we are deciding. The barriers have never worked, especially mental ones. I hope this film helps to break down these barriers”. He concluded by greeting his daughter Emma with a kiss: “I spent a year and a half in Lampedusa and I saw her only a few days. This will make her happy for a long time.” An important film that we got to see in Rome and we strongly urge you to support, because it’s really emotional and a work of rare beauty.

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