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SEA PURPLE

by Donatella Maiorca

synopsis

On a small, imaginary island off 19th-century Sicily, when the 'Thousand' have landed to reunite Italy, Angela, 25, loves Sara and seeks to ride out the scandal over her own homosexuality by disguising herself as a man. Shut up in a cave by her father, a tyrannical paterfamilias, when she refuses an arranged marriage, Angela is saved by a trick her mother cooks up: she convinces the curate to change Angela's name and sex on her birth certificate. That's how Angela turns into Angelo: sporting a cap and a cigar, and a picture-perfect family. An intense examination of the frontiers of identity as well as geography, the story interweaves fact, legend, and poetry and re-evokes an ancient scandal lost in time.

international title: Sea Purple
original title: Viola di mare
country: Italy
sales agent: Intramovies
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Donatella Maiorca
film run: 105'
release date: IT 16/10/2009
screenplay: Donatella Diamanti, Mario Cristiani, Donatella Maiorca, Pina Mandolfo
cast: Valeria Solarino, Isabella Ragonese, Ennio Fantastichini, Giselda Volodi, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Marco Foschi, Lucrezia Lante Delle Rovere, Corrado Fortuna
cinematography by: Roberta Allegrini
film editing: Marco Spoletini
art director: Beatrice Scarpato
costumes designer: Lia Francesca Morandini, Sabrina Beretta
music: Gianna Nannini, Wil Malone
producer: Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Silvia Natili, Giulio Violati, Giovanna Emidi
production: Italian Dream Factory
backing: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
distributor: Medusa Film, Cinemien
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