Sicily in Films
Sicilian director Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Baaria” will become the first Italian film in twenty years to open the Venice Film Festival tonight with a gala screening.
Indeed, the 66th edition of the festival starts with the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Sala Grande, hosted by another famous SicilianMaria Grazia Cucinotta and followed by the world premiere screening of Baarìa, which is in competition.
You probably heard about the town of Salemi in the Trapani area and the art critic Vittorio Sgarbi, who is not Sicilian and does not live in the town, becoming mayor and putting some old houses up for sale at €1 each.
I found out that a documentary film maker, Philipp Kaindl, has recenlty filmed in Salemi following the story. I found his blog and loved the account of his experience while filming.