| Director: Guiseppe Tornatore |
A deserving winner of the 1989 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Equally at home at an indie cinema midnight screening as it is at a family-friendly open-air film festival, few movies unite audiences around the world like Cinema Paradiso. Set in rural Italy, it's based on director Giuseppe Tornatore’s own life and his lifelong love affair with film and filmmaking.
"Toto", a famous Italian filmmaker, haunted by the memories of his first love, returns to his hometown in Sicily for the first time for the funeral of his lifelong friend Alfredo. He was the projectionist at the local Cinema Paradiso, where Toto spent his happiest childhood times and developed his love for films. We follow him into his memories of this childhood that made him the cinematic legend that he later became.