A trawler slices through the troubled waters in the vast maritime area separating Sicily from Africa. On board, the fishermen are busy sorting out and cleaning the fish, throwing out the smaller ones to the seagulls. When a storm breaks out, they find shelter on the island of Lampedusa. Vittorio De Seta's camera has embarked alongside them, sway- ing furiously with the boat. In a surge of empathy, we are thus allowed a glimpse of the everyday experience of these seasoned fishermen. In PESCHERECCI, the filmmaker once again manages to fit reality into his screenplay, fragmentarily arranging ellipses, single close ups, moments of dramatic tension and others of respite.
Visions du Réel Nyon 2006