The Macaluso Sisters (Le sorelle Macaluso)


Landmark Center Sun, Feb 27, 2022 6:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00 (+ $2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
ICC Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$10.00 (no online fee)
Film Info
Original Title:Le sorelle Macaluso
Program:Italian Film Festival
Women Directors
Release Year:2020
Runtime:89 min
Print Source:Glass Half Full Media
Director:Emma Dante
Producer:Marica Stocchi
Cinematographer:Gherardo Gossi
Screenwriter:Emma Dante
Elena Stancanelli
Giorgio Vasta
Editor:Benni Atria
Principal Cast:Alissa Maria Orlando
Susanna Piraino
Anita Pomario
Eleonora De Luca
Viola Pusatieri
Donatella Finocchiaro
Serena Barone
Simona Malato
Laura Giordani
Maria Rosaria Alati
Rosalba Bologna
Ileana Rigano



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Our story begins in 1985. The Macaluso sisters (Maria, Pinuccia, Lia, Katia and Antonella) are five young, orphaned siblings who live in and work from a lively rooftop apartment in Palermo, Sicily. They seek out a living by loaning out doves for ceremonies of all manner. Following each gig, the doves return home on their own, by air, naturally. One hot summer, a rare beach outing is planned on a day off from work. Near the close of a day full of enchantment, reverie, and “close encounters” with secret lovers, a shocking catastrophe transpires. That single event will alter the course of the relationships between the sisters forever.

The Macaluso Sisters is a film dealing with the metamorphosis of both bodies and objects, over a span of many years. It is a film about time. About memory. About things that last. About people who remain even after death. It's about old age as an incredible achievement of life.

The film won the 2021 Globo d’Oro–the Italian Golden Globes–for Best Film and Best Actress (Donatella Finocchiaro, Simona Malato).

Le sorelle Macaluso premiered at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival.


Emma Dante (Palermo, 1967), also widely known as a director of avant-garde theater and opera, explores the subject of family and marginalization through a poetics of tension and madness, yet with a hint of humor. She became a playwright and director after graduating from the National Academy of Dramatic Art Silvio D’Amico. In 1999, she created the Palermo theater company Sud Costa Occidentale, with which she won the 2001 Scenario Prize for her project mPalermu and the 2002 Ubu Prize as an emerging Italian artist. On December 7,1999, she opened the theatrical season at Milan’s La Scala by directing Bizet’s “Carmen,” conducted by Daniel Barenboim. In 2013, Dante’s first feature, Via Castellana Bandiera (A Street in Palermo), was in competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival. Her principal actress won the festival’s Best Actress award. Since 2014, her play Le sorelle Macaluso has won several awards, including the Le Maschere Award for Best Play of the Year, the Critics Award, and the Ubu Award for Best Direction and Best Play. In 2014, Emma Dante became the main director at the Biondo Theatre as well as the director of the School of Arts and Entertainment established within the theater of Palermo.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Produttore di Elite

Produttore Esecutivo

Luigi Bernardi &


Assitente di produzione

Albert and Susan Colianni Family
Astrid Garino and Massimo Costalonga


Catherine Allan
Nancy Azzam
Bill and Sandra Gengler
Jeff Lotz
Andrea and Vittorio Raimondi

Aiuto Regista

Vito Bongiorno
Brian Balleria and Joan Bechtold
Ann Burns
Denise and Giacomo D'Aurora
Elizabeth Fletcher
Stefano Perugini
Joe Pingatore
Nassim and Federico Rossi
Penelope Scialla
David Yarusso

Individual Film Sponsor

Krisine and Tor Aasheim
Denise and Giacomo D'Aurora
Nancy and Gary Schaefer