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September 4 - September 10, 2020


(Dir. Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet, 1999)

20th anniversary restoration!







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From September 4-10, Sicilia! will be available to stream via Acropolis Cinema and Grasshopper Film. Acropolis will receive 50% of all revenue.

Something  as simple as a herring roasting on a hearth, or a meal of bread, wine  and winter melon, takes on the humble aura of a Caravaggio painting in  this masterful film from legendary filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and  Daniele Huillet. Sicilia! is a tragicomedy involving an orange peddler, an Italian recently  returned from America, two “stinky” police officers, a guilt-stricken  landowner, a traveling knife sharpener and, perhaps most unforgettably,  an indomitable peasant mother who reminisces about meals of snails and  wild chicory, her husband’s philandering and cowardice, and her own  father’s belief in an honest day’s labor, socialism, and St. Joseph.

Sicilia! has a rare clarity and depth of feeling.

Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

Straub-Huillet are cinema’s conscience — an antidote to all the junk movies you’ve ever seen.

- J. Hoberman, The New York Times​

Sicilia! is a film that shines both in its own inherent vision and as a highlight in the work of the Straubs.

- Jean-Claude Biette, Courtisane Festival 2013 catalogue

Reaches a pitch of such bracing beauty that the incantatory rhythm of the images and language leaves one in thrall.

- James Quandt, Cinema Scope

What's  wonderful about any Straub-Huillet movie is a style of performance  that, real as only art can be, makes so many other movies seem tepid and  stale. Once you turn on to it, the style is overpowering.

- Tag Gallagher, Sight & Sound

(Available to download after screening date)

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