DFT @ Home | Sicilia! (restored)

(Italy/1999—directed by Jean Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet)

Something as simple as a herring roasting on a hearth, or a meal of bread, wine and winter melon, takes on the humble aura of a Caravaggio painting in this masterful, Italian-set gem from legendary filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet. Sicilia! is a tragicomedy involving an orange peddler, an Italian recently returned from America, two “stinky” police officers, a guilt-stricken landowner, a traveling knife sharpener and, perhaps most unforgettably, an indomitable peasant mother whose reminiscences range from memorable meals of snails and wild chicory to her husband’s philandering and to her own father’s belief in an honest day’s labor.

Conveying a sense of place like few other films, this 20th-anniversary restoration of a forgotten, compact masterwork – unavailable for years – is a delicate and indelible experience. (66 minutes)

“One of Straub-Huillet’s great later works.”    -J. Hoberman, Village Voice

 

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