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In Warsaw, an exhibition dedicated to Vittorio De Seta
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In Warsaw, an exhibition dedicated to Vittorio De Seta

Categories: Culture and creativity -Cinema and Audio-visual
A series of documentaries recount the origins of the Palermo filmmaker.
Vittorio De Seta
Vittorio De Seta

Vittorio de Seta was one of the greatest anthropological documentary filmmakers of twentieth-century Italian cinema. Described by Pier Paolo Pasolini as a “poet of truth“, De Seta was the creator of a cinema that marked a turning point in the work of the period and is currently being rediscovered.

The Cinema Iluzjon, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Warsaw, presents a series of ten documentaries that represent the early days of the great director. The works are an extraordinary example of documentary cinema. De Seta records the daily rituals of the inhabitants of rural areas and villages in Sicily, Calabria and Sardinia: an existence still shaped by ancestral traditions from the pre-industrial era.

In 2020 the documentaries were restored in digital format by the Cineteca di Bologna, with the contribution of the George Lucas Family Foundation.


  • The Age of Swordfish (1954)
  • Islands of Fire (1954)
  • Surfarara (1955)
  • Easter in Sicily (1955)
  • Peasants of the Sea (1955)
  • Golden Parable (1955)
  • A Day in Barbagia (1958)
  • Fishing Boats (1958)
  • Shepherds of Orgosolo (1958)
  • The Forgotten (1959)

Screenings in Italian, with subtitles in Polish and English.

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