Sicilian Ghost Story

Certificate 15

(2017) 122 mins

Directors: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
Writers: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
Cinematography: Luca Bigazzi
Production Design: Marco Dentici
Music: Anton Spielman


Smitten with Giuseppe, her tall and handsome classmate, Luna, his 12-year-old secret admirer, is deeply sceptical about his disappearance when he inexplicably vanishes into thin air from their small village. Finding hard to accept that her friend is now gone, and against a heavy cloak of secrecy, Luna sets out to find the missing boy, driven solely by the courage and passion of youth. However, as the brave girl ventures deeper and deeper into the gloomy and enchanted Sicilian forests, there’s no telling just how thick is this mystery.  Nick Riganas

In Italian with subtitles

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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.


“Co-directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza evocatively interweave the richness of fairy tales with the obscenity of Mafia control. Based on the 1993 kidnapping of 12-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo, held by the Mafia for 779 days in the hopes of silencing his informant father, the film invents a classmate with a crush who refuses to sweep Giuseppe’s disappearance under the rug. Her bond with the kidnapped boy, manifested through fairy tale symbols — a forest, a cave, animals, a lake — seamlessly dovetails with reality, drawing to the surface the anguish of a lost life together with the disgraceful fact that we as a society allow ourselves not to be haunted by acts of inhumanity. Ghost Story deserves a conspicuous place on international art-house screens.”  Variety

Watching Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia’s imaginative adult fairy-tale, it’s hard to believe that it was ultimately inspired by the horrific 1993 case of Giuseppe Di Matteo. . .  In this spirit, Sicilian Ghost Story shares kinship with the similarly lush Spanish Civil War dramas Victor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive or Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.”  Irish Times

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