EN - Calabria, 1948. Salvatore travels to Belgium to work as a coalminer leaving his family – including his spirited 10-year-old son Rocco – to enjoy the warm Italian life. After a year, Salvatore summons them. When Rocco arrives in Waterschei, his excitement turns to disappointment: the immigrants are housed in miserable barracks; he doesn’t speak the language; people are distant; the weather is cold and… they are still poor. He tries to adapt, but it is not until he realises he must follow his dreams that he starts doing what he does best: playing music.

NL - Italië, 1948. De 10-jarige Rocco groeit op in een prachtig maar arm bergdorpje in Calabrië, tot zijn vader Salvatore op een dag beslist om op zoek te gaan naar een betere toekomst voor zijn gezin. Hij vertrekt naar het beloofde land, België, om daar op korte tijd veel geld te verdienen in de steenkoolmijnen, en dan naar zijn geboorteland terug te keren. Maar al vlug laat hij zijn gezin overkomen naar Waterschei, en zo wordt de jonge Rocco van de ene dag op de andere een migrant, met alle gevolgen van dien.

De grauwe mijnstreek in Limburg, de ijzige winters, het racisme en de vreemde taal en cultuur zijn een domper op de levensvreugde van de kleine jongen. Rocco wil zijn zoals de andere kinderen en iemand worden en iets betekenen in het leven. Hij zoekt tegen de wil en overtuiging van zijn vader een uitweg via de muziek én de liefde, en volgt zijn hart en passie om een eigen droom te realiseren.

Gebaseerd op de jeugdherinneringen van Rocco Granata, de Italiaans/Belgische zanger.

FR - Italie, 1948. Rocco, 10 ans, vit dans un petit village pauvre de la côte calibrienne. Son père, Salvatore, décide d'immigrer en Belgique pour offrir à sa famille un avenir plus glorieux. Il y travaille dans un charbonnage dans le but de gagner beaucoup d'argent en peu de temps pour ensuite retourner dans son pays natal. Un an plus tard, Salvatore demande pourtant à sa famille de le rejoindre à Waterschei, une petite ville minière. Très vite, l'enthousiasme de Rocco laisse place au désenchantement. Les immigrants sont logés dans de petites maisons insalubres, les habitants sont distants et ne parlent pas la même langue, l'eau est froide et surtout... ils sont toujours aussi pauvres. Le jeune garçon doit s'adapter à cet environnement, bien qu'aux yeux des autres, il reste un citoyens de seconde classe. Salvatore, comprenant les difficultés rencontrées par son fils, le pousse à la poursuite de son rêve. Rocco trouvera finalement un exutoire dans la musique.

Inspiré des souvenirs de jeunesse de Rocco Granata, chanteur italo-belge.

Info

Title Marina
Original title Marina
Original language Dutch, Italian
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre romantic drama
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-08-23

Credits

Cast Luigi Lo Cascio, Donatella Finocchiaro, Matteo Simoni, Evelien Bosmans, Cristian Campagna, Marte Bosmans, Maité Redal, Federica Marinò, Warre Borgmans, Chris Van Den Durpel
Photography Lou Berghmans
Editing Philippe Ravoet
Sound Henri Morelle
Art director Hubert Pouille
Costume Catherine Marchand
Makeup Garance Van Rossum
Music Michel Bisceglia

Technical specs

Running time film 110'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Digibeta, HDCam
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Province of Limburg, City of Genk, CCA, VOO, Wallimage, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Belgian tax shelter for film financing, MEDIA Programme, Apulia Film Commission, Regione Puglia, Viaggiare in Puglia, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs

In co-operation with: KFD, Concentra, VRT, RTBF, Rai Cinema

Production partners Les Films du Fleuve, Orisa Produzioni

Festivals

2014: Foggia Independent Film Festival (IT)

2013: Montreal World Film Festival - World Greats (CA), Valladolid International Film Festival (SP)

Awards

2014: Best Film / Prize of the Film Critics - Foggia Indepedent Film Festival (IT)

2013: Prize of the Student Jury - Valladolid International Film Festival (SP)

Marina scores twice in Italy

Marina has won Best Film at the Foggia Independent Film Festival in Italy (29 March–5 April). Stijn Conix’s film also won the Film Critics Prize. Italo-Belgian musician Rocco Granata, whose childhood inspired the story, was invited to the festival and surprised the audience with a brief performance after the awards.

MarinaSituated in Apulia in the South of Italy, the Foggia Independent Film Festival’s 13th edition featured a special focus on Southern Italian and Southern European cinema. Marina was partly filmed on location in the Foggia region.

Published on Tuesday 8 April 2014

Box-office sensation Marina hits 500,000 visitors in Belgium

Four months after its theatrical release, Stijn Coninx’ feature film Marina has hit the 500,000 admission mark in its home territory making it a local box office hit. Coninx’ tale based on the childhood memories of Italian-Belgian musician Rocco Granata still runs in several theatres.

MarinaHaving received its world première in the World Greats programme of the Montreal World Film Festival in the summer of 2013, Marinaopened in Belgian theatres early November. Right from the start, the film maintained a solid first position in the national box office.

Published on Saturday 8 March 2014

Double B.O. success for Eyeworks

Stijn Coninx’ latest feature Marina, released in Belgian theatres early November, has reached over 200,000 visitors so far. Meanwhile, Jan Verheyen’s courtroom drama The Verdict is approaching 350,000 admissions seven weeks after its release in its home territory. Flemish production company Eyeworks Film & TV Drama produced both films.

MarinaBased on the childhood memories of Italian-Belgian singer and accordion player Rocco Granata,Marina was released in Belgium on 6 November. For the second consecutive week, the film’s been maintaining a solid first position in the national box office, holding off competition from international blockbusters such as TurboThe Counselor and Gravity.

Published on Thursday 28 November 2013

Marina seduces Spanish student jury

Marina, Stijn Coninx’ newest feature film after previous hits as Soeur Sourire and Daens, has won the Prize of the Student Jury at the Valladolid International Film Festival (19-26 October). It’s the first time the prize is being awarded in the fest’s brand new youth section ‘Seminci Joven’. Also Bart Van den Bempt’s 82 Days in April had reason to celebrate in Spain, having received a Special Mention.

MarinaWith its Semicini Joven section, the Valladolid Film Fest wants to give a voice to young film lovers as they are the prime audience in cinemas but are often unaccounted for at festivals.

Published on Tuesday 29 October 2013

Marina, I’m the same… and 82 Days in April to Valladolid

There's a strong Flemish presence at this year's Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain (19-26 October), where Stijn Coninx’ feature film Marina and Caroline Strubbe’s I’m the same I’m an other screen in the Official Competition and Bart Van den Bempt’s debut feature 82 Days in April is in the fest’s Meeting Point programme. Bülent Öztürk’s short film Houses With Small Windows and Pieter Coudyzer’sThe Wake complete the Flemish line-up.

I'm the same I'm an otherAs part of the Official Competition, both Marina and I’m the same I’m an other are vying for the Golden and Silver Spike with cash awards worth €60,000 and €20,000, respectively, to support a Spanish release of the film.

Published on Friday 18 October 2013

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Short info

Director Stijn Coninx
Producers Peter Bouckaert
Writers Stijn Coninx , Rik D'hiet
Contact

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1930 Zaventem
Belgium
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T +32 (0)2 711 42 50
F +32 (0)2 453 09 20
drama.belgium@eyeworks.tv
www.eyeworksfilm.be/

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