Sparrow (1993 film)

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For Johnnie To's 2008 film of the same name, see Sparrow (2008 film). For Shaun Troke's 2010 horror film, see Sparrow (2010 film).
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Produced by Mario Cecchi Gori
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Luciano Luna
Rita Rusic
Written by Giovanni Verga (novel)
Franco Zeffirelli
Allan Baker
Starring Angela Bettis
Johnathon Schaech
Vanessa Redgrave
Valentina Cortese
Frank Finlay
Music by Claudio Capponi
Alessio Vlad
Cinematography Ennio Guarnieri
Edited by Richard Marden
Release dates
14, October 1994 (United Kingdom)
Running time
106 mins.
Country Italy
Language Italian

Sparrow (Italian: Storia di una capinera) is a 1993 Italian drama film directed by Franco Zeffirelli. It is an adaptation of Giovanni Verga's novel, Storia di una capinera and was filmed in Sicily in 1993.[1] It stars Angela Bettis, and premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 1993.

Plot synopsis[edit]

In cholera-ridden Sicily of 1854, Maria, a future nun is evacuated from her convent home in Catania to her father's Mount Etna shadowed villa. During her stay she falls in love with Nino, a family friend. But things fall apart when Catania is declared safe for her to return to, meaning she must renounce her love and concentrate on serving God.


Awards and nominations[edit]

The film was awarded and nominated for awards in Italy and Portugal.[2]

David di Donatello Awards

  • David Award for Best Costume Design (Migliore Costumista) - Piero Tosi (won)

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists (Nastro d'Argento)

  • Silver Ribbon for Best Costume Design - Piero Tosi (won)

Gramado Film Festival

  • Golden Kikito Award for Best Latin Film (Melhor Filme) - Franco Zeffirelli (nomination)


  1. ^ How We Met: David Sweetman and Franco Zeffirelli The Independent. 28 March 1993
  2. ^ Awards for Sparrow IMDB. Retrieved on 31 August 2010

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