Museum Films is partnering with Grasshopper Film to deliver the best of new world cinema straight to your living room! We’re pleased to share newly restored modern masterpiece Sicilia!, Jean Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet’s austere yet richly textured portrait of Sicily’s timeless landscape and culture.
“Something as simple as a herring roasting on a hearth, or a meal of bread, wine and winter melon, takes on the humble aura of a Caravaggio painting in this masterful film from legendary filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet. Based on Elio Vittorini’s 1941 anti-Fascist novel Conversations in Sicily, Sicilia! is a tragicomedy involving an orange peddler, an Italian recently returned from America, two “stinky” police officers, a guilt-stricken landowner, a traveling knife sharpener and, perhaps most unforgettably, an indomitable peasant mother who reminisces about meals of snails and wild chicory, her husband’s philandering and cowardice, and her own father’s belief in an honest day’s labor, socialism, and St. Joseph. Screening in a luminous 20th Anniversary Digital Restoration.” -Grasshopper Films
Directors Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet | 1999 | In Italian with English subtitles | 66 minutes | NR