Director Giuseppe Tornatore is perhaps best known for his 1989 Oscar-winning filming, Cinema Paradiso. His latest masterpiece is a family drama that spans five decades. Opening in Palermo in the 1930s when food is scarce and Mussolini’s hated ‚Äòblackshirts’ patrol the streets.
The story centres on a poor Sicilian family and its prodigal son, Peppino (Francesco Scianna). As the film progresses into the post-war period, Peppino grows into a passionate political activist, and despite receiving only a basic farm education, he joins the communist party to fight for workers’ rights.
Baaria is an Australian premiere and is a part of World Movies Eight Days of Italy (4 – 11 September): All eyes are on Italy in September as celebrities descend on the canals once again for the 2011 Venice International Film Festival. To celebrate, the World Movies channel is transporting you to the land of amore with eight days of beautiful Italian programming.