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Sicilia! + The Wayfarer + The Knife Sharpener
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Sicilia!, Dirs. Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, Italy, 1999, 66 min., Italian with English subtitles


‘Sometimes / one confuses the pettiness of the world / with the offences of the world. / Ah! / If there were / knives and scissors, awls, picks and harquebuses, / mortars, sickles and hammers, cannons, cannons, dynamite!’

The first part of a trilogy of films based on the work of Elio Vittorini, Sicilia! (1999) is adapted from the author’s anti-fascist novel Conversations in Sicily (1939). After many years away, Silvestro returns from northern Italy to the Sicilian countryside of his childhood to visit his mother. The film, shot in black and white, retains the musicality of Vittorini’s language and is made up of a series of conversations the protagonist has with strangers in a port, fellow passengers on a train, his mother, and a knife-sharpener.
 
The Wayfarer (Il viandante) and The Knife Sharpener (L'arrotino) (both 2001) are re-edited short sequences from Sicilia!.
 
Sicilia! will be screened in its original 35mm format.
 
Programme:
 
Sicilia!, Dirs. Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, Italy, 1999, 66 min., Italian with English subtitles
 
The Wayfarer (Il viandante), Dirs. Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, Italy/France, 2001, 5 min., Italian with English subtitles
 
The Knife Sharpener (L'arrotino), Dirs. Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, Italy/France, 2001, 7 min., Italian with English subtitles
 

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated. Groups are advised to arrive early as seating is unallocated.

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