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Baarìa – La porta del vento is an
upcoming Sicilian-Italian comedy film directed by
Tornatore. It was the opening film of the 66th Venice
International Film Festival in September 2009.
It is also the Italian entry for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign
The film seeks to recount life in the Sicilian town of Baarìa, from the 1920s to
present day, through the eyes of lovers Peppino (Francesco Scianna)
e Mannina (Margareth Madè). A legend thronged with heroes … A
Sicilian family depicted across three generations: from Cicco to
his son Peppino to his grandson Pietro… Touching lightly upon the
private lives of these characters and their families, the film
evokes the loves, dreams and disappointments of an entire community
in the Palermo province between the ‘30s and the ‘80s of the past
century: during the Fascist period, Cicco is a humble shepherd who,
however, finds time to pursue his passion: books, epic poems, the
great popular romance novels. In the days when people went hungry
and during World War II, his son Peppino witnesses injustice and
discovers a passion for politics. After the war, his fateful
encounter with the woman of his life. A relationship opposed by one
and all because Peppino has become a Communist. But the two young
lovers will succeed in fulfilling their dream.
The film was first announced during the 2007 Taormina Film Festival.
The film was shot in both Bagheria, in the province of
Palermo, Sicily and in an
old neighborhood of Tunis, Tunisia; the latter location
used because it could better depict what Bagheria looked like in
the early 20th century.
The film has two versions, the original in the local Baariotu
dialect of Sicilian (with Italian and English
subtitles); the second dubbed in Italian.
In Italy, the Lega Antivivisezione (an anti-animal cruelty
group) has condemned the
actual on-screen killing of a cow visible in the Italian trailer.
The animal was killed with an iron punch driven in the skull
without any pain-relief technique, and then seen bleeding to death
while some actors collect and drink its blood.
Such a scene could not have been shot in Italy, because of laws
against the unethical treatment of animals in media production.
That part of the movie was filmed in Tunisia, where there are no
Thereafter the ENPA (National Association of Animal Protection)
demanded the immediate withdrawal of all copies distributed in
theatres "to avoid the exposition of minors to such disgusting and
fearful images", as the film is rated for an unrestricted audience.
Again according to the ENPA, although the scene was filmed in
Tunisia thus bypassing the Italian law, after application to the
Minister of Justice, the prosecution can still take place in
October 2009, the ENPA started an international boycott campaign
against the film and an online petition asking to revoke the
designation of the movie as Italian entry to the Oscars.
Responding to these critics, director Giuseppe Tornatore
clarified that the location in Tunisia was not intended to bypass
Italian regulations, and that the animal was not specifically
killed for the film. The scene was filmed in a local slaughterhouse
and the killing was one of the many that take place there every