A Portopalo Moon

A Sicilian fisherman's solitary way of life is challenged when the sudden arrival of a pesky North African boy disrupts his life.

  • Massimo Amici
  • Massimo Amici
  • Acalumafilms Ltd
  • Damiano Litrico
    Key Cast
  • Feres Turki
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Portopalo Luna Piena
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    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Massimo Amici

Born in Rome and raised in Toronto, he began his career as an art director creating commercial work for ad agencies, including Y&R, Saatchi & Saatchi and McCann-Erickson.

In 2001, he directed his first short, “Acaluma”, winning him the Jury Prize from Coming Soon TV. His shorts have won prizes in Italy and abroad, including Best Short Film at the Queens International Film Festival in New York.

Currently based in London, Massimo continues to develop his storytelling craft as a screenwriter, editor and director.

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Director Statement

The European migrant crisis is a brutal and historic affair, and I believe within it we can find a very universal theme many of us can relate to: the search for home.

Through a solitary fisherman who’s lost his way, and a boy who has been lucky enough to make it to Sicily, I want to tell the story of all those who struggle to integrate themselves, one way or another.

It is their need to find a welcoming home and family, and the desperation with which they seek belonging that I want to narrate.