HEARTS OF SALT
The back of the coin exists, always.
HEARTS OF SALT
When a British ornithologist arrives in Sicily to research the effects of climate change on migration, he witnesses a series of dramatic events. He will have to abandon his role as a detached observer, but it will be complicated.
"Hearts of Salt" takes you on a sizzling journey from icy northern landscapes to the sun-soaked coasts of Sicily and Tunisia. Gavin, our anti-hero, finds himself in a vibrant tale of passion, exploring the complex history of the island. Sicily, a melting pot of history and contradictions, challenges Gavin's understanding of a world far from his own. The film dives into modern Sicily, offering a fresh perspective beyond the clichés of Mafia-ridden narratives. As Gavin 'settles' into Sicilian life, he becomes a mirror for all of us, observers navigating a reality that constantly surprises and eludes. In this Sicilian borderland, the story unfolds with themes of inclusion, acceptance, and our connection with nature—making it a relevant and thought-provoking journey.
Sicily (ITA), Bizerte (TUN), Wales (UK)
English, Italian, French, Welsh, Arabic
4k, colour, 1:85.1
Artimagiche, PFA Film, White (IT)
Webra Group, Blue Lions (UK)
Gavin Webster, a British ornithologist, is sent to Sicily to research migration and the effects of climate change near a hilly area on the coast. Having obtained permission to station on the private property of Don Alfonso Ravidà, Gavin meets the wealthy landowner's two daughters - Costanza, who manages the family's property, and Elena, angry and extraordinarily beautiful - and slowly his life becomes intertwined with that of the family. During his stay, he will be the sole witness to the tragic love story between Elena and Isam, a Tunisian fisherman, and the ambiguous relationships within the Ravidà family. Frustrated by his inability to understand this world full of contradictions and secrets, Gavin approaches Costanza in the hope of being able to decipher events beyond appearances. He goes to Bizerte with her, and although the relationship starts to become deep, unexpected events will cut it short when the search for the truth becomes too painful.
ELEONORA DE LUCA