Fire at Sea
Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea

Director Gianfranco Rosi

Production year 2016

Length 108min.

Country Italy/France


Samuele is 12 years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But this is not an island like the others, its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom.


Gianfranco Rosi
Gianfranco Rosi



Rémi Burah, Donatella Palermo, Olivier Père, Gianfranco Rosi


Gianfranco Rosi, Carla Cattani

Director of Photography

Gianfranco Rosi


Stefani Grosso


Jacopo Quadri


Pietro Bartolo, Samuele Caruana, Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Maria Costa, Maria Signorello, Francesco Paterna

Production company(ies)

Stemal Entertainment, 21uno Film, Cinecittà Luce S.p.A, RAI Cinema, Les Films d'Ici, ARTE France Cinéma

Gianfranco Rosi

Gianfranco Rosi was born in Asmara, Eritrea. After attending university in Italy, in 1985 he moves to New York and graduates from the New York University Film School. Following a journey to India, he produces and directs his first documentary film, Boatman, screened with success at various international film festivals including the Sundance IFF, the Locarno IFF and the Toronto IFF. In 2008, Below Sea Level, shot in Slab City, California, wins the Orizzonti Award at the Venice IFF. The film also wins the Grand Prix and the Prix des Jeunes at the Cinéma du Réel festival in 2009, the prize for best documentary at the One World FF in Prague, the Vittorio De Seta Prize at the Bif&st 2009 for the Best Documentary and was nominated as Best Documentary at the European Film Awards in 2009. In 2010, he shoots the feature El Sicario - Room 164, a film-interview about a killer turned informer from the Mexican drug cartels and wins the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice IFF and the Doc/It Prize as the Best Documentary of the year. It also won Best Film at DocLisboa in 2010 and at DocAviv in 2011. In 2013, he makes the documentary feature, Sacro GRA, that wins the Golden Lion at the Venice IFF.


Boatman (1993), Afterwords (2001), Below Sea Level (2008), El Sicario, Room 164 (2010), Sacro GRA (2013), Fire at Sea (2016).

FILMS 2016