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Sat 16 Nov 2013, 3:30pm
Wed 27 Nov 2013, 1:00pm

Where: MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Amanda Sye

Islands - Isole
2011 Drama Italian with English subtitles 93 mins

Italian Golden Globes: Winner – Best Actress; 2011 Toronto Film Festival: Contemporary World Cinema

An eastern European bricklayer looking for work is befriended by a young woman who has retreated into silence in Stefano Chiantini’s beautiful new drama set against the stunning backdrop of the Tremiti islands.

Undocumented émigré worker Ivan (Czech actor Ivan Franek, ‘We Believed’) desperate for employment, gets up every morning and takes the ferry from Tirana in Albania to work on one of the nearby Italian Tremiti islands. One day, after insisting on being paid for his work he is beaten up by local residents and finds himself penniless and unable to make his way back home to his ailing father. Help arrives, almost magically, in the form of a mute young woman. Martina (Asia Argento) lives with gruff middle-aged priest, Don Enzo (Giorgio Colangeli), who has raised her as a daughter. After taking shelter for the night, Ivan’s presence has a thawing effect on both prickly Enzo and reserved Martina.

Their relationships grow almost effortlessly: both the friendship between the old priest and the foreigner, and the romantic tension that develops between Ivan and Martina. As their lives intertwine, emotions are laid bare in this absorbing drama that plays on geographical and human solitude.

Director: Stefano Chiantini
Starring: Asia Argento, Ivan Franek, Giorgio Colangeli, Anna Ferruzzo, Pascal Zullino, Paolo Briguglia
Rating: PG
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