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The Sicilian Girl

In 1991, 17-year-old Rita Atria visits a tireless anti-Mafia judge to denounce the organization responsible for the murders of her father and brother. Using meticulously recorded information from years of diary-keeping, Rita’s testimony is the linchpin for securing convictions of numerous figures in the Sicilian mob. Rita is a deep and impetuous heroine, motivated by rage and grief, and Veronica d’Agostino’s remarkable performance conveys all of the character’s complexities. In addition to the film’s nuanced characters, cowriter/director Amenta (who addressed the same true story in a 1997 documentary) vividly documents Sicilian village life and its desecration through cycles of crime and retribution. [Synopsis courtesy of San Francisco Film Society]


A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house to eliminate a man, he discovers Rita, a young blind girl who powerlessly stands by while her brother is assassinated. Salvo tries to close those disturbing eyes, staring at him yet unseeing. Something impossible happens. Rita’s eyes see for the first time. Salvo decides to spare her life. From then on, these two beings, both haunted by the world they belong to, are linked together forever.