More than 17,000 people were reported to have died trying to cross the Mediterranean in the last 15 years...
Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.
Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.
Havet brenner, Fuocoammare, par-delà Lampedusa, Fogo no Mar, 화염의 바다
In Fire at Sea, two opposite worlds coexist in the most bizarre manner on an Italian island, where locals enjoy their best leisurely existence, while refugees literally risk their lives crossing the sea for a better future. As a documentary centered around the mounting refugee crisis on the European continent, Fire at Sea is simply beautiful, subtle, and most of all, heartbreaking.
Fire at Sea is unique in its perfect blending of two narratives, one focused on a local Italian family, the other the shiploads of refugees, mainly from Africa, as their separate lives inch towards each other, but never really coincide. The absence of any voiceover or score is unusual for a documentary feature, but it never gets in…
A.V. Club review. While I like most of this film's constituent parts, I'm considerably less keen on how they've been assembled. Basically, the concept of juxtaposing Lampedusa's refugee crisis with the banality of residents' daily lives, focusing on the particular obliviousness of one little boy, strikes me as didacticism in the guise of anti-didacticism, if that makes sense. Would happily have watched either of the two essentially separate documentaries Rosi has tendentiously combined here (couldn't tell you the purpose of some outlying stuff like the DJ), but every time he cut away from dying refugees to show the kid practicing his slingshot or whatever, I wanted to yell OKAY I GET IT ELSEWHERE NEARBY LIFE GOES ON UNPERTURBED. Yeah,…
It's pretty fucked up they've been advertising this as a Syrian Refugee movie.
It's like they filmed 25 minutes of another movie about migrant crisis then found this funny Italian kid and decided he would be a better subject. It's not even a true doc there's some scripted elements snuck in and I HATE that shit. I'm guessing everyone at the academy fell asleep when they voted this thing in, considering it's scoreless misery.
Look I don't need an 8 minute scene of a grandma making a bed, I just don't.
It sure is pretty in ultra HD though.
I sometimes make a distinction with friends between Slow Cinema for the Youth and Slow Cinema for Adults. The former uses the long take for two reasons. First, it aims to instill painful bodily discomfort in the viewer akin to riding some sort of endurance roller coaster; the (presumably male) viewer feels a sense of masculine accomplishment for enduring this strain. At the same time, it seems to me to be a calculated gesture to position oneself in a certain way to succeed on the film festival circuit. In this first group, I’d put people like – and please don’t hate me for this, Young Male Cinephiles -- Lisandro Alonso, Lav Diaz, Pedro Costa, and even Bela Tarr, though I…
a minute into this documentary and i already knew it was the worst one ever made, it was so boring, i serisouly watched it at 2x speed and it still was so slow and literally... agonizing to watch.
i hope i'll never get to see a movie that bad, this seriously makes all the bad movies and bad documentaries ever made look like masterpieces, it was sad that people are dying and all but they failed to show their situation so badly in this, it was a little hard to feel bad, plus what's the point of showing an old lady making a bed and that kid literally was so annoying ugh
also why the fuck was this nominated for an academy award??????
Somebody teach that kid how to eat spaghetti.
With the EU exit disaster developing day by day in the UK and slowly finding its legs worldwide, Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary about immigration into the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East is a horror story released with uncomfortable timing. The film picked up the Golden Bear earlier this year in Berlin and rather than find a political route into subject, Rosi takes a non-judgemental stance, allowing the imagery to largely speak for itself.
In recent years the island of Lampedusa, just south of Sicily, has become an entrance point into Europe for thousands of refugees. There are three stories being told here; one through the eyes of Samuele, a local 12-year-old boy, a local doctor that attends to the…
Fire at Sea presents the migrant crisis that affected Europe throughout the 2010s. It captured the ordinary elements of those events and the people who witnessed them. Sadly however Fire at Sea is so detached from its subject that it passes almost no comment. Even the choice of footage provides no thesis, since it is all so slow and mundane. The film doesn't come together into anything complete. It remains a bunch of bits, scattershot and meaningless.
Rather than feel like a documentary, Fire at Sea seems constructed as a scripted art film. It all seems too abstract and too technical, losing the human angle of the crisis. One of the few scenes of value has a doctor explain the…
Fire at Sea is a difficult film to evaluate, since one need watch it for a mere five minutes to get an immediate sense of Rosi's mastery of the medium. (Although he has only shown up on the radar of most North American cinephiles rather recently - either with this film or his previous effort, the Golden Lion winner Sacro GRA - he produced his first feature documentary Boatman back in 1993.) Each and every shot in Fire at Sea is meticulously composed for maximum impact, great care taken with respect to foreground / background relationships, color and tone, shape and movement. Like a softer Ulrich Seidl, Rosi is actively molding reality, not only to press it into the…
A good example of a documentary taking the fly-on-the-wall, speak-softly and cover a big issue approach where the lack of vocal editorializing is both a challenge and a strength--contrasting the life of a young boy on the island of Lampedusa with the refugees passing through to Italy on their way from North Africa, and the routines of those who are involved in intercepting and rescuing them, or at least, finding and dealing with the bodies, this is a quietly heartbreaking and reflective picture that's sometimes slow, sometimes painful to watch, sometimes curiously frustrating, but is, I suspect, going to stick with me for a long time.
Nah, this aint for me. I went to a hundreds of places while watching the movie, and non of them were this movie. This is some student film shit, where they just shoot pretty, but pointless scenes, which dont add anything to the story, and are there so it can be "Deep". Lol, sea is deep. And this movie has sea. (That joke was better than the movie). Plus a half star for the awesome person that i watched it with. Not all people can handle my awkwardness.
it's been a while since I've seen a film which achieves such thematic urgency and relevance, formal audacity, and emotionally devastating final sequences as Fire at Sea does. it's a tough but necessary film.
this incredibly timely quasi-documentary about the European migration crisis uses the juxtaposition of the harrowing journey to a safer land against the banal and ordinary lives of that land's current occupants not as a cheap gimmick, but as a way to remind the viewer of their willful ignorance of the struggles facing the many people who flee Africa and West Asia for Europe. that the dominant focus is on the daily routines of an ordinary, though charismatic, young boy in Lampedusa and not the countless stories…
A perfectly fine, yet extremely slow observational documentary involving Syrian refugees and an Italian boy with a lazy eye. Boggles my mind why the Academy nominated this over some way superior docs (i.e. Wiener and Tower)
Intimate. Special. A gifted perspective on something usually reserved for TV news and then forgotten about in the hurricane of everyday life. Beautiful moments. Another rare film that had me sobbing in the last 30 minutes respectively. I was a little disappointed to not have a more definitive epilogue for Samuele, but I suppose those short vignettes are the very point of this documentary.
È un po’ scuro a tempi
The contradiction on show doesn't really work, mainly because I wish the film had focused properly on the cataclysmic human crisis going on in the Med and not juxtaposed it with the small stakes existence of Samuele; while the point is understandable, it feels a little bit like punches are being pulled. Plus, without wanting to sound crass and insensitive, the stories of the refugees - the cramped and harrowing boats, the distressed radio messages, the impromptu national football tournament organised in camp - are simply just far more interesting than a little boy going to the optician, aren't they?
Vaguely charming kid living a boring life is vaguely charming in his boring life. Another reviewer noted that they might have responded more positively had the perspective balance shifted a little one way or the other, towards either the hum-drum islanders or the desperate migrants seeking a better life. I'm inclined to agree. As it is the boy and his family become irritating through our prolonged exposure to them, while the far more interesting half is dissatisfying for the opposite reason- each individual cannot stand out amongst the mass, partly because Rossi seems not to be interested in them. There's something egregious in that. He presents a series of snapshots when probing deeper would have yielded a much more interesting…
Grim, shocking, moving, too long
An essential doc covering the migrant crisis.
I don’t think the juxtaposition between the refugees and the locals is entirely successful but it’s his most important film to date.
Two pretty good documentaries taken separately, but together? Deeply weird. The point that this kid is living unawares of the horrifying ordeals of the refugee crisis just over the hill might be interesting to consider, but you just can't weight the narrative this heavily in his direction without making your footage of dead and dying families feel like footnotes to someone else's story.
Last film I’m watching for a class this semester, woohoo!
Extraordinarily well-photographed and its more elliptical approach to documentary is a welcome salve to the overly didactic films that often populate the form. Wiseman seems to be a major touchstone here, and one can’t help but wonder if a longer runtime and his more methodical approach would have illuminated the film’s concerns more satisfactorily. As it stands, Fire At Sea is more designed for contemplation than any explanation, an understandable choice given the inherent complexity of its subject.
Interesting subject, brilliant characters, and absolutely beautiful cinematography/editing; but something about it just didn't click with me like I wanted it to
O nome do documentarista italiano Gianfranco Rosi já se coloca como queridinho dos festivais. Sacro GRA, ganhou o Leão de Ouro (Veneza, 2013) e este aqui foi consagrado com o Urso de Ouro. É muito sucesso para o restrito mundinhos dos festivais, principalmente por conseguir ser premiado assim com documentário, saindo da bolha das ficções. Se bem que a vitória deste ano era bem entendível, afinal Berlim gosta dessa pose de “festival de temas políticos”, e o tema da imigração na Europa era dominante nos noticiários, discussões, a ponto de estar criando absurdas movimentações políticas.
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