The Macaluso Sisters
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    The Macaluso Sisters

    Le Sorelle Macaluso

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    89 min

    • Italian

    Drama, Family

    Maria, Pinuccia, Lia, Katia, Antonella. The childhood, adulthood and old age of five sisters born and raised in an apartment on the top floor of a small block in the suburbs of Palermo, where they live alone, without their parents. A home that bears the marks of the time that passes, as do those who have grown up in it and still live there. The story of five women, of a family, of who goes, who remains and who resists.


    Labels & Line Ups


    Viola Pusateri
    Eleonora De Luca
    Simona Malato
    Susanna Piraino
    Serena Barone
    Maria Rosaria Alati
    Anita Pomario
    Donatella Finocchiaro
    Ileana Rigano
    Alissa Maria Orlando
    Emma Dante
    Elena Stancanelli
    Giorgio Vasta
    Gherardo Gossi
    Benni Atria

    Director's Statement

    The movie is divided into three chapters, each of which corresponds to a particular age of the five sisters who are its protagonists: childhood, adulthood and old age. The sisters are played by twelve actresses, as if each of them to have lasted into old age has had to cope with a discontinuity and a mutation in body and in features. And it is the sisters’ love for each other and for the home in which they live that keeps their entire existence going as if they were a single living organism, notwithstanding the physical death of some of them. Le sorelle Macaluso is a film about time. About memory. About things that last. About people who remain even after their death. It is a film on old age as the incredible finishing line of life.

    Emma Dante

    Emma Dante


    Playwright and director Emma Dante was born in Palermo in 1967. She graduated in 1990 from Rome’s Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica ‘Silvio D’Amico’ and went on to act with, among others, Andrea Camilleri, Valeria Moriconi, Vittorio Gassman and Marcello Mastroianni. After founding her own theatre company in 1999, she became a multi-award-winning theatre director and emerged as a prolific polymath, working in opera, exhibition design and literature, as well as children’s books, while remaining inspired by her native Sicily to direct and produce theatre. A STREET IN PALERMO is her first feature.

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