Dir. Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia • 2017 • Italy • Drama • 114 mins • Cert 15 • English subtitles
Join us on the fourth Wednesday of every month for Odyssey Film Club, a special strand designed to shine a light on cinema from around the world.
Every month we explore a different country or culture with a carefully selected foreign language title. Sample the culinary delights of the country in question, brush up on your language skills, and take part in a group discussion with other like-minded film fans.
This month we travel to rural Sicily for Sicilian Ghost Story, a mournfully beautiful psychological thriller based on the 1993 real-life kidnapping of 12-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo.
Set in a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, this is a film bursting with adolescent innocence and painful reality. Giuseppe is the son of a man with mafia connections who has turned informer. One day, he vanishes, kidnapped by those his father crossed. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She and her friend Loredana petition the townsfolk to find him but to no avail. Rebelling against the code of silence and collusion that surrounds her, Luna refuses to give up her search, desperate to find the boy she so bashfully loves.
We're excited to announce that author Marco Mancassola, founder of the Festival of Italian Literature in London, and writer of Un cavaliere bianco (A White Knight), the short story that Sicilian Ghost Story was based on, will be introducing the film and joining us for a post-film roundtable discussion.