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Amare Amaro

Panorama | Focus on Italy

An austere, stony, steep Sicilian coastal village is the atmospheric setting for this contemporary retelling of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone. It’s a season without much sunshine and although this evocative place is very much a part of the modern world, ancient traditions run deep. Taciturn Gaetano (Syrus Shahidi) has recently decided to forego big-city life in Paris to take over the family bakery. Crisis arrives when Gaetano’s hot-headed elder brother intentionally crashes his car into the town bar, so upset is he by some grievance. He did not intend to kill, but he does.

This is a cataclysmic event, setting off a series of dramatic complications involving honour, the community’s versus the family’s. It’s literally a classic set-up, but with unpredictable results. The town mayor (an impressive Barbara Bacci) may be largely sympathetic and progressive, but she decrees that village tradition must rule in this case. The body of a murderer shall not be put to rest in the village cemetery. Yet Gaetano is determined that he will bury his deceased brother there, alongside his family. The sombre cinematography and memorable music are fitting for what follows.


North American premiere
Director Julien Paolini
Country of Origin: France/Italy
Year: 2018
Running Time: 89 mins
Language:In Italian, French
Related Links: Trailer
Cast: Syrus Shahidi, Celeste Casciaro, Tony Sperandeo, Ciro Petrone, Fosco Perinti, Barbara Bacci
Producer: Julien Paolini, Clément Lecomte, Syrus Shahidi, Angelo Laudisa
Screenwriter: Julien Paolini
Cinematographer: Tristan Chenais
Editor: Gwen Ghelid
Music: Pasquale Filastò
Production Company: La Réserve, Rosebud Entertainment Pictures
Print Source: Reel Suspects

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