Open Doors (film)

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Porte aperte
Porte aperte.jpg
Directed by Gianni Amelio
Written by Gianni Amelio
Vincenzo Cerami
Alessandro Sermoneta
Music by Franco Piersanti
Cinematography Tonino Nardi
Edited by Simona Paggi
Distributed by Orion Pictures in USA, 1991
Release date
  • 29 March 1990 (1990-03-29)
Running time
108 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Open Doors (Italian: Porte aperte) is a 1990 Italian film directed by Gianni Amelio. Set in Palermo in the 1930s, a judge who is morally against the death penalty is confronted with the case of a man who has murdered his wife and two colleagues in cold blood. Opposed by both the fascist government and public opinion, he struggles to do what he believes is right. Based on a 1968 novel, "Porte Aperte", by Leonardo Sciascia. The film was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 63rd Academy Awards.[1]


The film opens with a Fascist bureaucrat, recently fired, killing the man who fired him, the man who replaced him, and his wife.





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Preceded by
Landscape in the Mist
European Film Award for Best European Film
Succeeded by