sicilian ghost story

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Director:  Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza

Length:  122 mins

Cast:  Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari, Andrea Falzone, Federico Finocchiaro

Genre:  Drama

Language:  In Italian with English subtitles


In a little Sicilian village on the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate, who is in love with him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the silence and complicity surrounding his disappearance. To find him, she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up, with a lake as its mysterious entrance.

Sicilian Ghost Story is a moving festival highlight, and is inspired by the true story of teenager Giuseppe Di Matteo who was kidnapped in 1993 in a bid to silence his father Santino, a Mafia informant. The film confidently walks the line between grim reality and comforting fantasy, elements of the supernatural (which may also be read as pure imagination) appear like soothing balm on the warped relationships of a typical family, school and community.


  • Best Screenplay - Sundance Institute
  • Best Cinematography - Nastro Argento
  • Best Production Design - Nastro Argento
  • Official Selection Opening Night Film, Critics Week Cannes



The Screening Room, Masterton

Tuesday 14 August, 6.00pm

Saturday 18 August, 1.30pm

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Events Cinemas, Havelock North

Sunday 29 July, 3.00pm

Friday 3 August, 6.00pm

Wednesday 8 August, 11.00am

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The Bridgeway, Auckland

Monday 3 September, 1.00pm

Saturday 8 September, 4.00pm

Thursday 13 September, 11.00am

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