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393 Ratings

Fire at Sea

Fuocoammare

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi
France, Italy, 2016
Documentary

Synopsis

Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

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Fire at Sea Directed by Gianfranco Rosi

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2016 | 4 wins including: Golden Berlin Bear

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature

The film is an unabashedly minimalist teaching moment, organically attuned to the small but potent details of human interaction that transcend nationality and class. It demands the same kind of patience and empathy that so many first responders have been forced to master with each distressed new arrival.
January 31, 2017
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Rosi might be the best documentarian in the world, and that’s not just because he shot the profound, metaphorical, utterly breathtaking Fire at Sea essentially by himself. He still believes in a cinema of contradictions, irresolvabilities, poetic recombinations, art from reality, human understanding from observation and montage. He believes in documentary.
January 13, 2017
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The coexistence of everydayness and disaster on a Sicilian island is what makes this Italian documentary seem most contemporary.
December 24, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Fire at Sea

    Little Samuele has a lazy eye. An obvious metaphor for the West blindness to the influx of migrants. The Italian Navy picks them up but what happens next is addressed elsewhere (watch Mediterranea, for instance). Rosi' documentary feels not only underwhelming and ineffective but also complicit in aestheticizing an ongoing tragedy. Minervini's "controversial" rough/raw semi-docs are much more intriguing.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Fire at Sea

    Gianfranco Rosi, in this Golden Bear winning documentary, casts an eye on the influx of refugees risking death in travelling across the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe by focusing on a tiny island well south of Sicily. Rosi wisely doesn't just focus on the travails of the migrants but also on some select natives of the island, even those not directly affected by the other strand. Rosi has no 'lazy eye' here.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Fire at Sea

    If "Du Levande" director Roy Andersson ever directed a documentary about the European immigration crisis, THIS would definitely be it. And by this I mean that it would be beautiful to look at, pretty weird, laconic and poetic, and also something I was not over my head interested in spending two hours with. It's pretty amazing and very boring at the same time.

  • Caitlin's rating of the film Fire at Sea

    This could have been a 5 star film but, in focusing so much on the island's inhabitants, the stories of the migrants and refugees get lost. I understand that Rosi was trying to show how life goes on even though a human catastrophe is taking place nearby, but I wanted to hear more stories of the refugees. We need art that humanizes a group of people increasingly being dehumanized in the media and politics.

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Fire at Sea

    Although lacking a position on its subject, this doc features non stop beauty from its imagery: it really captures two opposites sharing the same space - immigrants and locals: but what else do they really share? In my perspective, it showcases a big hit on contemporary crisis: what do we do with our local demands? Poetic, strong and very touching.

  • pancake lizard's rating of the film Fire at Sea

    Oh look, this boy is so funny. Oh look, a refugee girl is dying. Oh look, some birds and shit. Fuck me, this was so deep I never understood what was I supposed to get from it and not once did I feel like it was more than a collection of stuff that's really big in festivals at the moment. Boring, useless, soulless cinema.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Fire at Sea

    Here something happens. Whether it is the unusual storytelling, the fact that both stories never interact with each other (the islanders never meet the migrants). The impeccable and surprising framing that you would never expect here (the shaky camera on shoulder is the most common, cinema > television). There is a form of written and staged documentary that interested me as well. It just strikes you. Golden Bear.

  • Dries's rating of the film Fire at Sea

    Allegoria i miei coglioni , non si capisce come un film del genere possa aver vinto un qualsivoglia premio che non fosse'' peggior film italiano''. La scena del bacio alla statuetta di padre pio è il massimo...non do 1 perchè samuele mi ha fatto tenerezza, c'avrà 10 anni e parla da terrone navigato :(

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