Sicilian Ghost Story

Sicilian Ghost Story

Fabio Grassadonia (2017)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Inspired by the 1993 abduction of 11-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo, writer/directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza once again combine the supernatural and the sentimental in this atmospheric follow-up to their acclaimed debut, Salvo (2013). Dotting the action with fairy-tale references, the duo cast a sombre spell over the small Sicilian town where residents are too cowed to speak about the activities of the local Mafia. But, when her classmate (Gaetano Fernandez) suddenly vanishes, Luna (Julia Jedlikowska) ignores the warnings of her strict mother (who knows that he has been snatched in a bid to prevent his assassin father from turning informer) and challenges her neighbours and the police to justify their indifference. The fantasy connection established by the separated adolescents is charmingly done, with Luca Bigazzi's restless camerawork conspiring with Marco Dentici's production design and the film's soundscapes to immerse the audience in the action. But, while Grassadonia and Piazza deftly exploit the fabulous symbolism, they never lose sight of the grim realities beneath the seemingly enchanted surface.


Premiere. Luna, a 12-year-old girl who has fallen for her classmate, ventures deep into enchanted Sicilian forests to find him, unaware of how thick the mystery behind his strange disappearance is. Drama, starring Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez and Corinne Musallari.

Cast & Crew

Luna Julia Jedlikowska
Giuseppe Gaetano Fernandez
Loredana Corinne Musallari
Nino Andrea Falzone
Calogero Federico Finocchiaro
Mariano Lorenzo Curcio
Luna's father Vincenzo Amato
Luna's mother Sabine Timoteo
U'Nanu Filippo Luna
Venatura Baldassare Tre Re
Director Fabio Grassadonia
Director Antonio Piazza
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Other Information

Language: Italian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Altitude Film DistributionGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 3 Aug 2018