Director: Stijn Coninx

Screenplay: Stijn Coninx, Rik D'Hiet

Cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Donatella Finocchiaro, Matteo Simoni, Evelin Bosmans, Vincent Grass

Photography: Lou Berghmans

Editing: Philippe Ravoet

Music: Michelino Bisceglia

Sound: Henri Morelle

Costume: Catherine Marchand

Art director: Hubert Pouille


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Salvatore Granata (Luigi Lo Cascio), a poor ironsmith, has to leave the country for a job as a coalminer in Belgium. His 10-year-old son Rocco and his wife Ida (Donatella Finocchiaro) stay in Italy. But after one year, Salvatore, urges his family to come over. By the time Rocco arrives in Waterschei, a small mining town in Belgium, his excitement turns into grave disappointment. 

The immigrants are housed in miserable barracks. He doesn’t speak the language, people are more distant, the weather is cold and… they still are poor. While his parents find security in the immigrant community, the son tries to adapt to his new surroundings. But he remains a second-class citizen. When Salvatore understands what’s going on, he tells his son that he needs a dream to hang on to. From then on Rocco starts doing what he does best: playing music.


Premiére at Montreal Film Festival

Special Event at Rome International Film Festival

Semenci Joven Award at Valladolid Film Festival

Best Film and Critic Award at Foggia Indipendent Film Festival

Bernard Wicki (Best Film) Award at Emedem-Norderney Film Festival

Prix de la Jeunesse at Cabourg Film Festival

5 Ensors: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Costumes

Technical specs


Original title: Marina

English title: Marina

Original version: Italian/Dutch

Country: Belgium/Italy

Colour: Colour

Year of production: 2013

Lenght: 110'

Release format: DCP

Sound: Doby digital



Production: Eyeworks Film & Tv Drama

In co-production with: Orisa Produzioni, Les Films du Fleuve

Producer: Peter Bouckeart

Co-producersi: Cristiano Bortone, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Supported by: Italian Ministry of Culture Affairs (Mibac), Fondazione Apulia Film Commission, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Wallimage, Fédération Walloni-Bruxelles, Media Programme

In co-operation with: KFD, Concentra, VRT, RTBF and Rai Cinema



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