Case study

Fuocoammare

Fire at Sea is a documentary directed by Gianfranco Rosi. It won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and also selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film. Though it received global critical acclaim, it found a substantial margin of difference between national (low) and international (high) success, in terms of gross.

Director:
Gianfranco Rosi
Writer/s:
Gianfranco Rosi, Carla Cattani
Cast:
Samuele Puccillo, Mattias Cucina, Maria Costa, Pietro Bartolo
Producer/s:
Stemal Entertainment [IT], 21 Unofilm [IT], Istituto Luce Cinecittà [IT], Rai Cinema [IT], Les Films d'Ici [FR], Arte France Cinéma [FR], Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo (MiBACT) [IT] (support)
Release date:
February 13, 2016
International releases:
Germany Feb 13, 2016 (Berlin International Film Festival)
Italy Feb 18, 2016
Greece Apr 14, 2016
Republic of Macedonia Apr 23, 2016 (Skopje Film Festival)
Brazil Apr 28, 2016
Israel May 21, 2016 (DocAviv Film Festival)
United Kingdom June 10, 2016
Ireland June 10, 2016
Finland June 16, 2016 (Midnight Sun Film Festival)
Australia June 17, 2016 (Sydney Film Festival)
Russia June 24, 2016 (Moscow International Film Festival)
United Kingdom June 26, 2016 (East End Film Festival)
Poland June 26, 2016 (Transatlantyk Festival)
Norway Jul 1, 2016
Czech Republic Jul 2, 2016 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
Hong Kong Jul 7, 2016
Singapore Jul 9, 2016 (Singapore Arts Festival)
Russia Jul 14, 2016
New Zealand Jul 15, 2016 (New Zealand International Film Festival)
Germany Jul 28, 2016
Poland Jul 28, 2016 (New Horizons Film Festival)
Poland Jul 30, 2016 (Film and Art Festival Two Riversides)
Australia Jul 31, 2016 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
Argentina Aug 11, 2016
Poland Sept 2, 2016
Sweden Sept 2, 2016
United States Sept 2, 2016 (Telluride Film Festival)
Canada Sept 8, 2016 (Toronto International Film Festival)
Finland Sept 16, 2016 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
Finland Sept 23, 2016
France Sept 28, 2016
Denmark Oct 6, 2016
Hungary Oct 6, 2016
Netherlands Oct 6, 2016
United States Oct 7, 2016 (New York Film Festival)
Iceland Oct 8, 2016 (Reykjavik International Film Festival)
Japan Oct 9, 2016 (UNHCR Refugee Film Festival)
Portugal Oct 13, 2016
Spain Oct 14, 2016
United States Oct 14, 2016 (Mill Valley Film Festival)
Uruguay Oct 20, 2016 (Festival de Cine de Montevideo)
United States Oct 21, 2016 (Philadelphia International Film Festival)
United States Oct 21, 2016 (limited)
United States Oct 22, 2016 (Chicago International Film Festival)
United States Oct 22, 2016 (Middleburg Film Festival)
United States Nov 5, 2016 (Virginia Film Festival)
United States Nov 6, 2016 (Denver International Film Festival)
United States Nov 6, 2016 (Hawaii Film Festival)
Philippines Nov 14, 2016 (Cinema One Originals Film Festival)
Bulgaria Dec 9, 2016
United States Jan 10, 2017 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
Mexico Jan 13, 2017
Japan Feb 11, 2017
United States Feb 12, 2017 (Portland International Film Festival)
Uruguay Feb 17, 2017
Estonia Mar 3, 2017
Netherlands Mar 26, 2017 (Movies That Matter Festival)
South Korea Aug 25, 2017 (EBS International Documentary Festival)
Distributors:
01 Distribution [IT] – (2016) Theatrical
Artificial Eye [GB] – (2016) Theatrical
Cinemanse [FI] – (2016) Theatrical
Cinéart [NL] – (2016) Theatrical
Imovision [BR] – (2016) Theatrical
Kino Lorber [US] – (2016) (subtitled) Theatrical
Météore Films [FR] – (2016) Theatrical
StraDa Films [GR] – (2016) Theatrical
Vertigo Média Kft. [HU] – (2016) Theatrical
Weltkino Filmverleih [DE] – (2016) Theatrical
Zeta Films [AR] – (2016) Theatrical
Caramel Films [ES] – (2016) All media
Filmarti [TR] – (2016) All media
Future Film [FI] – (2017) DVD
Leopardo Filmes [PT] – (2016) All media
NDMantarraya [MX] – (2016) All media
Rai 3 [IT] – (2016) TV
Bitters End [JP] – (2017) Theatrical
Universum Film (UFA) [DE] – (2017) DVD
Weltkino Filmverleih [DE] – (2017) DVD
Yleisradio (YLE) [FI] – (2017) TV