Lampedusa in Winter

  |  Book Tickets: 13/08/2016
Rated TBC by the BBFC
Lampedusa in Winter Film Poster


The tiny community at the edge of Europe is engaged in a desperate fight for dignity, and for solidarity with those who many consider the cause of the ongoing crisis: the African boat people. The Italian "refugee island" of Lampedusa is in the firm grip of winters tristesse. Tourists have left, and the remaining refugees fight to be taken to the mainland. As a fire destroys the worn down ferry that connects the island to Italy, the mayor Giusi Nicolini and the local fishermen struggle for a new ship. The strongest and most haunting scenes include the S.O.S. at the beginning of the film; the devastating scene where they sift through a boat that had capsized, with all hands lost; the museum of things found in such boats; the collection of letters and diary's salvaged from the sea, that provide an insight into the thoughts of some of those who perished at sea, after going on this journey in the hope of a better future; and the final rescue mission which in a way circled back to the beginning of the movie. While winning awards at many European film festivals since premiering at Locarno, Brossmann was most proud to screen it in April for the European Parliament, after a heated panel discussion on the need for safe, legal migrant routes. He hopes it will continue to raise consciousness about the issue, even as antipathy to migrants has risen in his home country. (Subtitles) Austria/ Italy/ Switzerland 2015 Jakob Brossmann 93m