La Fine del Mare


Read about this film in Cyn Collins’s Daily Planet review, “21 films in 11 days.”


Director: NORA HOPPE

Shot at an abandoned harbor in Trieste rundown cafe that’s regularly visited by a lonely, destitute Serb seaman (veteran Serb actor Miki Manojlovic), whose meagre income as a smuggler is set aside to purchase a piece of land back home. One day, his world is turned upside-down when the local mafi a boss dumps on his boat a crate containing a young woman refugee (Bulgarian actress Diana Dobreva) presumably from Iran.

The ante has now been upped from smalltime smuggling to human trafficking instead of turning her over, he takes her to his shabby flat to protect her. A spellbinding chamber drama of doom with scarcely a word of meaningful spoken dialogue, save when a blind chessplayer on a cafe table signals his next move. Instead, the narrative line is supported by its atmospheric depth, striking near black-and-white cinematography by ace Lithuanian cameraman Rimvydas Leipus, and a lightly coated undertone of allusive music scored by renowned Iranian composer Peyman Yazdanian (known for scoring films by Abbas Kiarostami). Indeed, La fine del Mare is one of those genuine auteur films you won’t easily forget and want to see again for its subtle, universally aesthetic impact. —Ron Holloway, Kino Magazine

(In Italian w/ Eng. subtitles)