Italian Film Festival: Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree)
08.23.2012 7:00 pm
Director Pasquale Scimeca returns to his Sicilian birthplace to craft this film, based on the 19th century novel by Giovanni Verga, describing the stormtossed fortunes of three generations of a Sicilian family of fishermen. The film is an impressive contemporary adaptation of the noted 19th-century Italian novel The House by the Medlar Tree by Giovanni Verga. It's about the trials and tribulations of a fishing family in Sicily and injects modern-day elements (illegal immigrants, contraband trafficking, rock music) into the original story. It's a timeless story of a family beset by tragedy and dragged down by debt. They struggle against the odds to stay together and survive. Yet it also manages to show blossoming romance and comic, as well as tragic, misadventure. Using the Sicilian seascape and unknown and non-professional actors, the film has an authenticity that is reinforced by its rendering of unvarnished village life and culture.
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