Il Postino (The Postman) – Michael Radford
Set on the island of Salina (Aeolian Islands), the story is touching, poignant and at times melancholic. The local postman, Mario, befriends Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet in exile from his country for political reasons. Neruda teaches the simple Mario to love poetry.
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso – Giuseppe Tornatore
A famous film director remembers his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the projectionist, contributed and encouraged his love of films. He returns home to his Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years and is reminded of his first love, Elena, who disappeared from his life before he left for Rome.
Winner of the Oscar Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1990
Bàaria – Giuseppe Tornatore
The film recounts life in the Sicilian town of Bagheria (known as Baarìa in the local Sicilian dialect), from the 1930s to the 1980s, through the eyes of lovers Peppino and Mannina. A Sicilian family depicted across three generations: from Cicco to his son Peppino to his grandson Pietro. Touching lightly upon the private lives of these characters and their families, the film evokes the loves, dreams and disappointments of an entire community over five decades during the Fascist period.