Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy

Edited by Rick Derby

- FIRST RUN FEATURES -

In Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy, actor John Turturro takes audiences on a haunting, intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily. There, while exploring the island's vanishing traditions, he is taken under the wing of one of the puppet theater's few remaining practitioners, Mimmo Cuticchio, who instructs him in the distinctively Sicilian art of puppetry.

Filmed during preparations for the Sicilian Day of the Dead, this evocative, magical-realist documentary was directed by Turturro's longtime collaborator, Roman Paska, himself a world-renowned puppeteer. Both an homage to the art of storytelling and a portrait of a Sicily little known to the outside world, Paska's film brings viewers to an otherworldly place, lost in time.

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Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy

Shiprock Productions

Feature documentary - unscripted/ no narration.

Actor John Turturro takes audiences on a haunting, intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily. There, while exploring the island's vanishing traditions, he is taken under the wing of one of the…


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Feature documentary - unscripted/ no narration.

Actor John Turturro takes audiences on a haunting, intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily. There, while exploring the island's vanishing traditions, he is taken under the wing of one of the puppet theater's few remaining practitioners, Mimmo Cuticchio, who instructs him in the distinctively Sicilian art of puppetry.

Filmed during preparations for the Sicilian Day of the Dead, this evocative, magical-realist documentary was directed by Turturro's longtime collaborator, Roman Paska, himself a world-renowned puppeteer. Both an homage to the art of storytelling and a portrait of a Sicily little known to the outside world, Paska's film brings viewers to an otherworldly place, lost in time.

Released by RAI CINEMA
Distributed by FIRST RUN FEATURES
2009 Venice International Film Festival
2010 Open Roads - Film Society of Lincoln Center
2010 Hamptons International Film Festival
2010 Ft. Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival
2010 Cinema Arts Festival Houston
2011 Gene Siskel Film Center
2011 Film Columbia
2011 Bam - Puppets on Film
2013 IFC Center - Stranger Than Fiction Series

Edited by Rick Derby

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