|From the internationally-reknowned director who brought to the world such films as Nuovo Cinema Paradiso and Stanno tutti bene ("Everybody's Fine"), there comes a new, autobiographical film titled Baarìa - La porta del vento. Released in 2009 as the opener to the 66th International Venice Film Festival, the film recounts life in the Sicilian town of Bagheria, from the 1920s to the 1980s, through the eyes of lovers Peppino and Mannina. Of special note is the rich collection of secondary and background characters, with such interesting and compelling personalities as a wise-cracking sasauge vendor, a retarded blacksmith, and a poor old street vendor who can never manage to sell his dollars.
The story also tracks the rise and fall of the CPI, the major Italian Communist Party, with the protagonist Peppino being a life-long member. The story is somewhat reminiscent of Bertolucci's Novecento ("1900") in style and is full of abundant literary symbolism. I won't give away any major plot details here, and I'm not sure if the film's been released in the US, but one could always try to search the internet for downloads online.
All in all, it was a great watch. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in a little bit of history, or who has enjoyed Tornatore's movies in the past.