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, Marina opened in Belgian theatres early November. Right from the start, the film maintained a solid first position in the national box office, holding off competition from international blockbusters as The Counselor and Gravity.

After films as Daens, When The Light Comes and Soeur Sourire, director Stijn Coninx brings the story of a young man against the backdrop of the Italian migration to Belgium in the fifties. Matteo Simoni impersonates Rocco Granata, the spirited son of a poor ironsmith who leaves Italy for a job as coalminer in Belgium. While his parents find security in the immigrant community, young Rocco tries to adapt to his new surroundings. Against his father’s wishes he seeks an escape through love and music. Other roles are played by Evelien Bosmans (Germaine), Luigi Lo Cascio (La meglio gioventù), Warre Borgmans (Crazy about Ya, Salamander) a.o.

Marina was awarded the Prize of the Student Jury at the Valladolid International Film Festival in October and is set to screen at the Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest end of March.

Stijn Coninx and Rik D’hiet wrote the script of Marina, Peter Bouckaert of Eyeworks (The Verdict, The Treatment) produced the film with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Saturday 8 March 2014