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by Emanuele Crialese


Lampedusa, east of mainland Sicily - the present day. Grace, the wife of a young fisherman, is an emotionally fragile, excitable and misunderstood woman. The majority of her fellow islanders think she is "over-the-top" and although he is embarrassed by her behaviour, Grazia’s son Pasquale does his best to buffer her against growing pressure by both the community and Grazia’s husband to have her hospitalised in Milan.

international title: Grazia's Island
original title: Respiro
country: Italy, France
sales agent: Roissy Films
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Emanuele Crialese
film run: 90'
release date: IT 22/05/2002, NO 26/12/2002, FR 01/01/2003, BE 26/02/2003, NL 20/03/2003, DE 10/04/2003, IS 30/05/2003, PT 20/06/2003, UK 08/08/2003, GR 15/08/2003, ES 29/08/2003, HU 27/11/2003
screenplay: Emanuele Crialese
cast: Valeria Golino, Vincenzo Amato, Francesco Casisa, Veronica D'Agostino, Elio Germano, Filippo Pupillo, Emma Loffredo
cinematography by: Fabio Zamarion
film editing: Didier Ranz
art director: Beatrice Scarpato
costumes designer: Eva Coen
music: John Surman
producer: Domenico Procacci
production: Fandango, Les Films des Tournelles
distributor: Medusa Film, Oro Film (NO), Pan Européenne (FR), Cinemien (NL), Prokino Filmverleih (DE), JMH Distributions (CH), Metro Tartan Distribution (UK), Karma Films (ES), Budapest Film (HU)


main awards/selection

Cannes 2002 Critics' Week (selection)
Best Film
EFA 2002

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