Jean-Marie Straub et Danièle Huillet

ITALY/FRANCE, 35MM, 1.37:1, B&W, 66′
[Opening credits, black text on white, in French]

– For the marmoset and in memory of Barnabé the cat. J.-M.S. [White text on black]

– Sicilia! – Film by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub 1998

– Assistants: Arnaud Maillet, Jean-Charles Fitoussi, Romano Guelfi, Andreas Teuchert

– Photography: William Lubtchansky – Irina Lubtchansky, Marion Befve, LTC, Saint-Cloud

– Lighting: Jim Howe, Olivier Cazzitti – Sound: Jean-Pierre Duret, Jacques Balley

– Mix: Louis Hochet, Sonodi, Épinay-sur-Seine

[End credits, white text on black]

– Gianni Buscarino [Silvestro], Vittorio Vigneri [Knife Sharpener]

– Angela Nugara [Mother]

– Carmelo Maddio [Man], Angela Durantini [his Wife]

– Simone Nucatola, Ignazio Trombello

– Giovanni Interlandi [The Great Lombardo], Giuseppe Bontà [Man from Catania], Mario Baschieri [Little Old Man]

– Production: Straub-Huillet

– French-Italian co-production Pierre Grise  Productions, Martine Marignac; Centre National de la Cinématographie

– Alia Film, Enzo Porcelli; Instituto Luce

– Pre-sales ARD Degeto; Hessischer Rundfunk, Dietmar Schings; Saarländischer Rundfunk; Westdeutscher Rundfunk

– Thank you, thank you Salvatore Scollo, Barbara Ulrich, Dominique and André

– Gabriella Taddeo, Anna Barzacchini, Paolo Bernardini, Dario Marconcini, Marcello Landi and his wife

– Piero Spilá, Francesco Grillini, and the rail workers of Messina and Syracuse

– Constellations, dialogues from the novel Conversazione in Sicilia by Elio Vittorini 1937–38

[Photograph of Elio Vittorini]
MUSIC: Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet in A Minor, opus 132. The text was performed at the Teatro Francesco di Bartolo, Buti, Italy, April 1998.

PRODUCTION LOCATIONS: Buti, Messina, Syracuse, Grammichele.

SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH by Huillet and Barton Byg, IN FRENCH by Huillet.

FIRST SCREENING: Cannes Film Festival, Un C ertain Regard, May 20, 1999; released in France, September 15, 1999; 1999 New York Film Festival (October). There are three versions of the film.