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Marina

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Marina

Marina

original title:

MARINA

directed by:

cast:

Luigi Lo Cascio, Donatella Finocchiaro, Evelien Bosmans, Matteo Simoni, Warre Borgmans

screenplay:

Stijn Coninx, Rik d'Hiet

cinematography:

Lou Berghmans

editing:

Philippe Ravoet

set design:

Hubert Pouille

costume design:

Catherine Marchand

production:

Orisa Produzioni, Les Films du Fleuve, supported by MiBACT, Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, with the support of Apulia International Film Fund

country:

Italy/Belgium

year:

2013

film run:

120'

format:

colour

release date:

08/05/2014

festival & awards:

Although set in the fifties, in post war Europe, Marina taps into that very modern and actual theme of migration and integration. But foremost, it's a story about ‘The American dream', the European way! It's the story of realising a dream by following one's heart's desire, against all odds. And the beauty of it is that it is inspired by true facts, namely the life of the Italian/Belgian musician Rocco Granata who had a worldwide hit with his song "Marina" which sold over a hundred million copies over the world. This song has been covered so many times by such artists as Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin and Dalida.
Marina, which is also the title song of the film, is the story of a young Italian man, about his youth in idyllic Calabria and his struggle to survive in a tough Belgian mining village. It's the account of a 10-year fight against poverty, social prejudice, cultural bias and an authoritarian but well-meaning father. But most of all, it's the romantic, compelling and warm story of a young man fulfilling his wildest dreams and getting the beautiful but unreachable grocer's daughter.