Golden Door: Emanuele Crialese’s Winner of Venice Silver Lion Award

A modern fable, director Emanuele Crialese’s Golden Door captures vividly the spirit of the immigrant experience as one family sheds the comfort of the Old World for the opportunities of the New. 

 

The winner of the 2007 Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, “Golen Door” was an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, and the opening night of the San Francisco Film Festival.  Miramax will release the foreign language film in the U.S.**

 

The saga begins in a desolate corner of the Sicilian countryside. where a family of peasants who have worked the same land for generations, is surrounded by the spirits of the dead.  The hard monotony of daily life is interrupted by tales of the New World, where money falls from trees and carrots are ten feet long. 

 

Salvatore makes the momentous decision to sell all he has, his land, his home, his livestock, and take his children and aged mother to a better life across the ocean.  To become citizens of the New World, they must die a little and be reborn, leaving behind the antiquated customs and superstitions of their homeland.  They must be strong in body and healthy in mind, learn to obey and swear loyalty if they wish to pass through the Golden Door. 

 

Aided by a mysterious American woman aboard the ship, this metamorphosis occurs during the four difficult weeks of crossing the ocean, which leads to the final judgment:  the Island of Tears, Ellis Island.  Here, the guardians of the New World will scrutinize the bodies and minds of these prospective citizens, in this wonderful, terrible place where many families will be forced to choose to split up forever.  Not all are destined to enter the gates of Heaven.

 

Credits:

 

Written & Directed by Emanuele Crialese

Producers: Alexandre Mallet Guy Fabrizio Mosca, Emanuele Crialese

Executive Producers Bernard Bouix Tommaso Calevi

 

Cast                

charlotte gainsbourg

vincenzo amato

vincent schiavelli

aurora quattrocchi