Terraferma (film)

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Terraferma poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEmanuele Crialese
Produced by
Written by
Music byFranco Piersanti
CinematographyFabio Cianchetti
Edited bySimona Paggi
Distributed by01 Distribution
Release date
Running time
88 minutes
Budget€ 7.85 million[1]

Terraferma is a 2011 Italian drama film directed by Emanuele Crialese.[2] The film premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards,[3][4] but it did not make the final shortlist.[5]


On Linosa, fishermen are punished for saving illegal immigrants (boat people) from the sea and, back on shore, letting them go, because this amounts to facilitating illegal immigration. Therefore young local Filippo does not allow them on his boat. Several die, and Filippo changes his mind about the matter: he helps a family consisting of a mother, a little boy and a newborn baby, to leave to the Italian mainland.



The film was produced through Italy's Cattleya with 10% co-production support from France, including 200,000 euro from France 2 Cinéma and money from the CNC. The total budget was 7.85€ million.[1]


The film premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival where it was screened in competition.[6] It won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, the equivalent of third place.[7] It was released in Italy on 7 September 2011 through 01 Distribution.[8]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 68% of 19 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 6.6/10.[9] Jay Weissberg of Variety described it as "a well-made movie with no pretension but also no crying need to be at a major film festival."[10] Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a morally passionate social drama, muted by overly familiar storytelling."[11] Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "The thematically rich production is grounded in deep moral and emotional reflection."[12] Chuck Wilson of The Village Voice called it predictable and heavy-handed.[13]

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  1. ^ a b Lemercier, Fabien (2011-07-18). "Terraferma spearheads Elle Driver's line-up". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  2. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-908215-01-7.
  3. ^ "Oscar/ Terraferma di Crialese è il candidato italiano". ANSA. Archived from the original on 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  4. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  5. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Vie for Oscar". Retrieved 2012-01-19.
  6. ^ "Venezia 68: International competition of feature films". Venice. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  7. ^ Jennings, Sheri (2011-09-28). "Terraferma chosen as Italy's foreign Oscar submission". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  8. ^ "Terraferma". MyMovies.it. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  9. ^ "Terraferma (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  10. ^ Weissberg, Jay (2011-11-04). "Review: 'Terraferma'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  11. ^ Young, Deborah (2011-09-04). "Terraferma: Venice Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  12. ^ Goldstein, Gary (2013-08-07). "Review: Better angels inhabit 'Terraferma'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  13. ^ Wilson, Chuck (2013-07-24). "Predictability and Heavy-handed Storytelling in Terraferma". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2014-04-06.

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