Kino Lorber proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD release of Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea, Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature and the first nonfiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. This critically-acclaimed documentary looks at the effect of the European migrant crisis on the remote Italian island of Lampedusa.
Fire at Sea will become available on Blu-ray and DVD March 21, 2017, with a SRP of $34.95 for the Blu-ray and $29.95 for the DVD. Special features include a booklet essay by film historian Alberto Zambenedetti, an interview with director Gianfranco Rosi, an interview with Dr. Pietro Bartolo, and NYFF Q&A with Gianfranco Rosi. The film is also available digitally on iTunes and Amazon.
Released theatrically by Kino Lorber in 2016, Fire at Sea opened at New York’s IFC Center to great acclaim before moving on to theatrical engagements in key national markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Chicago, among many others. Fire at Sea won the Golden Berlin Bear, Amnesty International Film Prize, and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival, Best Documentary at the European Film Awards, Documentary of the Year from the London Film Critics Circle, and Best Cinematography at the IDA Documentary Awards. It was nominated for a Cesar Award for Best Documentary Film and the IDA Documentary Award for Best Feature. The film was an Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and New York Film Festival.
Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Nearby, we bear witness as thousands of men, women, and children risk their lives to make the brutal crossing from Africa. Award-winning filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi masterfully juxtaposes these realities, jolting the audience into a new understanding of what is happening in the region, the heavy toll of the migrant crisis, and the price of freedom.
FIRE AT SEA
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 21, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $34.95
DVD SRP $29.95
Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Booklet essay by film historian Alberto Zambenedetti
Interview with director Gianfranco Rosi
Interview with Dr. Pietro Bartolo
NYFF Q&A with Gianfranco Rosi
Documentary / 113 min / Color / NR / Italian with English subtitles