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original movie poster
Directed by Gabriele Salvatores
Produced by Silvio Berlusconi
Mario Cecchi Gori
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Gianni Minervini
Written by Enzo Monteleone
Starring Diego Abatantuono
Claudio Bigagli
Giuseppe Cederna
Claudio Bisio
Music by Giancarlo Bigazzi
Marco Falagiani
Cinematography Italo Petriccione
Edited by Nino Baragli
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • 31 January 1991 (1991-01-31)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Mediterraneo is a 1991 Italian film that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1991.[1] The film is set during World War II, and regards a group of Italian soldiers who become stranded on a Greek island and are left behind by the war. The filming took place on the Greek island of Kastellórizo, in the Dodecanese island complex.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Box office 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


In 1941, one year after Italy joined Germany against the Allies in World War II, a small group of misfit Italian soldiers is sent to a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea for four months of lookout duty. The soldiers include a lieutenant who likes art, a macho sergeant, a farmer accompanied by his beloved donkey Silvana, and other quirky people. They are not very good soldiers, but a cross section of average, independent men.

The soldiers anticipate attack from outside and on the island and take all sorts of inept precautions. They find a small town with no people. They see bombing on the horizon and realize that the ship that would pick them up has been destroyed. Then mysteriously, people reappear in the village: the villagers say they hid because the Germans had taken all the men. They have decided to accommodate the Italians. It isn't long before everyone's sunny nature appears. The Italian soldiers are absorbed into the life, heat and landscape of the idyllic island.

The local orthodox priest asks the lieutenant, a Sunday painter, to restore the murals in his church. Two soldiers, who are brothers, befriend a lovely young woman, a shepherdess. The sergeant takes up folk dancing and the shyest of the soldiers falls profoundly in love with the island's single, very overworked prostitute, named Vassilissa.

In their old age three of the men are reunited on the island to close the film.[2]


Box office

The film was a success.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "The 64th Academy Awards (1992) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Mediterraneo (1991). March 22, 1992. Review/Film Festival; Roundelay Of Love On an Isle In Wartime
  3. ^ "'"Weekend Box Office : 'White Men' Outjumps 'Basic Instinct.  

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