Dreams Comes From the Sea

"Dreams Come from the Sea" is an 18-minute short film directed by Jacopo Sica. It takes place in the picturesque village of Rocca Imperiale in Calabria, Italy, and the captivating city of London. The film explores profound themes such as immigration, loneliness, empathy, and the journey to adulthood.

The semi-autobiographical plot centers around Salvo, an 18-year-old Calabrian with a burning ambition to become a world-renowned chef. Despite his father's grave illness, potentially depriving him of a final reunion, Salvo bravely decides to leave his family and relocate to London, despite their objections.

Salvo embarks on a journey filled with challenges and significant encounters that profoundly transform his outlook on life. Through the lens of immigration, the short film examines the difficulties and opportunities that arise when leaving one's homeland in search of a better future. Salvo must confront loneliness, nostalgia, and fight relentlessly to realize his dreams.

  • Jacopo Sica
  • Jacopo Sica
  • Laura Mottola
  • Francesco Pistone
    Key Cast
    The Last Time I Saw Paris
  • Francesco Antonio Conti
    Key Cast
  • Barbara Bruni
    Key Cast
  • Francesca Marcolina
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    I Sogni Vengono dal Mare
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English, Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Blackmagic RAW
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Central Film School London
Director Biography - Jacopo Sica

Jacopo Sica is a 23-year-old Italian director who, despite his young age, has already made a name for himself with his distinct and recognizable style of filmmaking.

Hailing from Cosenza, a small town in southern Italy, Jacopo nurtured his passion for cinema since his high school days, when he founded a video production company that garnered attention from the local audience.

Determined to take his talent to the next level, Jacopo embarked on an adventure in the United Kingdom to study Directing and Film Production at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, a small town on the outskirts of London. There, he honed his technical skills and gained a deep understanding of the narrative mechanisms that drive the world of cinema.

Throughout his academic journey, Jacopo demonstrated a natural affinity for directing, working with actors from diverse cultures and facets of life.

After graduating with honors, Jacopo continued his training at the Central Film School in London, where he further solidified his directing skills. Through a series of projects, mostly short films, he showcased his versatility in various behind-the-camera roles. He directed his own film, "To Have and Have Not," and participated in the production of over ten short films, taking on roles ranging from assistant director to editor, colorist, producer, and director of photography.

The culmination of his studies was his graduation short film, "Dreams Come from the Sea." This poignant and intense work captured the essence of the challenges and hopes that accompany the dreams of a young generation, earning accolades and recognition.

In 2023, Jacopo directed several music videos within the Calabrian scene, including Claus Laugelli's "Carta Straccia" and Niar's "Fearless." In March of the same year, he was credited as a Director and Editor by the Calabria Film Commission.

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