Fire at Sea

Saturday, 12th November, 20:00, Belgrade Youth Centre, Belgrade
Sunday, 13th November, 19:00, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade
Friday, 11th November, 20:00, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Novi Sad
Saturday, 12th November, 21h, Niš Cultural Centre, Niš

Fire at Sea (doc.)

Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Country: Italy, France
Year: 2016
Runtime: 108’
Language: Italian, English
Subtitle: Serbian, English
Cast: Samuele Pucillo, Pietro Bartolo, Maria Costa
Screenplay: Gianfranco Rosi
Producer: Gianfranco Rosi, Paolo Del Brocco, Donatella Palermo,
Director of Photography: Gianfranco Rosi
Editing: Jacopo Quadri
Music: Stefano Grosso
Production name: Stemal Entertainment, 21 Unofilm, Cinecittà Luce
Distribution: Five Stars Film Distribution /
Film website:


Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2016, Gianfranco Rosi’s incisive, poignant and deeply moving portrait of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa – and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it – is both a masterly work of documentary filmmaking and a timely call for urgent action.
Situated 150 miles south of Sicily, Lampedusa has hit headlines as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. After spending months living on the island and engaging with its inhabitants, Rosi accumulated an incredible array of footage, portraying the history, culture and daily lives of the islanders. Focusing on 12-year-old Samuele, as he explores the land and attempts to gain mastery of the sea, the film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the Lampedusan people and the events that surround them.
The result is a lyrical, poetic and searingly powerful documentary that casts neither judgement nor aspersions, but simply shows the world to the viewer – to utterly astating effect.

Director’s biography
Gianfranco Rosi (b. 1964, Asmara, Eritrea) left his country of birth at age 13 due to the extended war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. He studied in Italy for several years before moving in 1985 to the United States where he graduated from New York University Film School. His first director-producer film Boatman (1993) screened at Sundance, Locarno, Toronto, Karlovy Vary and elsewhere. Below Sea Level (2008), which investigates a small community of social outcasts in the California desert, won the Orizzonti Award at Venice, was victorious at the One World fest in Prague, and was nominated for a European Film Award. El sicario – Room 164 (2010), about a member of a Mexican drug cartel, received the FIPRESCI Prize at Venice among other awards from festivals around the world. Sacro GRA (2013), a mosaic of portraits from the outskirts of Rome, was the first documentary to win the Golden Lion for Best Film at Venice.

Festivals and awards
Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival, 2016
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin International Film Festival, 2016
Amnesty International Film Prize, Berlin International Film Festival, 2016
Moscow International Film Festival, 2016
La Rochelle International Film Festival, 2016

Critic’s Word
Poses no direct questions, but leaves your head and heart overflowing with them.
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

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.
Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

A film full of unforgettable pieces where the viewer becomes witness to the African migration that flows to the coast of Lampedusa for survival.
Jordi Costa, El Pais