Fire at sea / Fuocoammare / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Fire at sea / Fuocoammare

Gianfranco Rosi

5 APR 2016
Main Stage
Gianfranco Rosi, who won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, is coming to Athens. The director will be present for the première of the film, which he will introduce at the OCC.
Free admission, on a strictly first come, first served basis. It is necessary to book your seat at
The Onassis Cultural Centre, StraDa Films and the Athens International Film Festival “Opening Nights”present the première of the award-winning documentary Fire at Sea on 5 April 2016 in the Main Stage of the OCC. The documentary, which took the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival as well as the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Amnesty International Film Prize, spurred the Italian Prime Minister to declare that Fuocoammare might well turn the debate on the refugee issue around. The première will be held in the presence of the director, Gianfranco Rosi, who will introduce his film.
Although Gianfranco Rosi’s initial idea on first visiting Lampedusa island was to make a short film, he quickly realized how hard it would be to compress such a multi-faceted world into just a few minutes. As Gianfranco Rosi writes in his director’s notes: “Personally speaking, for a long time Lampedusa was nothing more than a noise of voices and images generated by TV spots and shocking headlines about deaths, emergencies, invasions and populist rebellions.  However, when I went to the island, I discovered a truth very different from that being presented by the journalists and politicians and realized it would be impossible to condense a world as complex as Lampedusa into a few minutes of film. Understanding it would require the audience’s time and full attention. It wasn’t going to be easy. I knew I would have to find a way in.” To make the film, he ended up moving to Lampedusa and living on the island for about a year. There, he focused on the permanent inhabitants and everyday life in a place people were now struggling in their thousands to reach. “Living on Lampedusa, I realized how empty of meaning the word ‘emergency’ really is. Every day is an emergency. Something happens every day.”


Direction: Gianfranco Rosi
With: Pietro Bartolo, Samuele Caruana, Maria Costa, Mattias Cucina
Duration: 108 minutes
Language: Italian
Country: Italy/France
Year: 2016
Distributor: StraDa Films

Watch the trailer of the film here.

The film will go on general release in April.

Entrance is free. Due to the limited number of seats available (only the first balcony of the Main Stage is available for the public), booking is essential on a strictly first come, first served basis.
To book your place, send an email to boxoffice@sgt.grproviding the following information: first and last name, mobile telephone number, number of seats (max. 2).

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