SJFF 2022 | A STARRY SKY ABOVE THE ROMAN GHETTO

Giulio Base | Drama | Italy, 2021 | Italian w/English subtitles | 100m | PG

Virtual Screening: Monday, March 28 – Sunday, April 10

Film: The discovery of a puzzling wartime photograph sparks students to probe the history of Rome’s Jewish ghetto through the fate of a little girl during a Gestapo raid. Interlacing past and present, they must take a stand. Great for teens!

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Full Film Details:
When Sofia discovers an old wartime photo in a neglected suitcase, she is mesmerized by the child in the snapshot and sets out to unravel the mystery of her fate in Rome’s Jewish ghetto. As details emerge—the child’s name, separation from her parents during a Gestapo raid, and rescue by a nun—Sofia commits to honoring the girl’s memory by staging an original play with classmates and friends from a nearby Jewish high school, thereby interlacing past and present. But first, she must overcome objections from concerned parents. Retracing these painful events gives the teens the chance to take a collective stance, bridge cultures, and celebrate differences. A talented ensemble cast injects youthful energy into this inspiring, interfaith story about the importance of memory, coexistence, and reconciling generational frictions. A STARRY SKY highlights the collective trauma of the Holocaust and the importance of every soul damaged by it.

Director Bio:
Giulio Base was born in Turin, Italy, and graduated as an actor from Vittorio Gassman’s Bottega Teatrale in Florence. In 1999 he directed La Bomba, starring Gassman in his last onscreen performance. He has directed 27 movies and acted in 50, working with directors such as Daniele Luchetti, Nanni Moretti, Riccardo Milani, and Ridley Scott. His films CRACK (1991), LEST (1993), and THE BANKER (2018) all screened at the Venice Festival. He was awarded two TV Best Director Oscars and several nominations at the Golden Globes. Full bio on IMDB.


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