New Jersey premiere screening, New York Times Critic’s Pick (Nov. 29, 2018)
Followed by Q&A with director Antonio Piazza, moderated by Teresa Fiore, Inserra Chair
Mon. Dec. 3, 2018 6-9pm
School of Communication and Media, Presentation Hall 1040
Cast: Julia Jedlikowska (Luna), Gaetano Fernandez (Giuseppe), Corinne Musallari, Sabine Timoteo, Vincenzo Amato.
Cinematography: Luca Bigazzi; Music: Anton Spielmann; Editing: Cristiano Travaglioli; Set design: Marco Dentici.
Production: Massimo Cristaldi, Carlotta Calori, Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano; U.S. Distribution: Strand Releasing.
Synopsis (see official trailer)
The film has received very positive reviews internationally for its outstanding imagery, powerful storytelling, and intense acting, especially on the part of the young protagonists. Its uniqueness also rests in its innovative take on the crime film genre through a mesmerizing style that does not compromise, but actually enhances, its message of civic and private resistance.
Grassadonia and Piazza have worked as consultants for Filmauro and Fandango, and as script consultants with Berlinale Residency, Locarno Open Doors, POWR Baltic Event, Torino FilmLab, Semaine de la Critique Next Step, Nisi Masa ESP. They are Visiting Affiliate Professors at the University of Malta.
Photo (from left to right): Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia. Photo credits: Giulia Parlato.
Antonio Piazza will be available for a Meet and Greet session with students before the screening (4-5pm) in Morehead 143.
- Organized and sponsored by the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures) at Montclair State University
“Sicilian Ghost Story Review: Fairy-Tale Love Meets Real-Life Crime” by Jeannette Catsoulis (New York Times, Nov. 29, 2018)
“In Sicilian Ghost Story, A Boy Goes Missing — And A Girl Goes Searching” by Ella Taylor (NPR, Nov. 29, 2018)
“Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza, Filippo Luna – Sicilian Ghost Story” by Samantha Sartori (FRED Radio – The Festival Insider – in Italian) Click on “Play Podcast”.
“How Sicilian Ghost Story revolutionizes the Mafia film” by Tara Brady (Irish Times, Aug. 2018)
“Review Sicilian Ghost Story” by Rich Cline (Aug. 2018)
“Film Review: Sicilian Ghost Story” by Christopher Machell (Cinevue, Aug. 2018)
“Review Sicilian Ghost Story“ by Ross McIndoe (July 2018)
“Cannes Film Review: Sicilian Ghost Story” by Jay Weissberg (Variety, May 2017)
“‘Sicilian Ghost Story’: Film Review Cannes 2017” by Deborah Young (The Hollywood Reporter, May 2017)
“Film of the week: Sicilian Ghost Story is a chilling vision of lost youth” by Pamela Hutchinson (Sight and Sound – BFI Film Forever, Aug. 2018)
The directors’ Facebook page with updates on their work and activities
The directors’ first short Rita on Vimeo.