lampedusa in winter

A documentary film about life and death on the border of Europe
directed by Jakob Brossmann

A, I, CH 2015 | 93 min. | color | 5.1 surround sound
digital 4K&2K | 24fps | 2K Digital Cinema Package DCP


The Italian "refugee island" of Lampedusa is in the firm grip of winter's tristesse. The Tourists have left, the remaining refugees fight to be taken to the mainland. As a fire destroys the worn down ferry, that connects the island to Italy, the mayor Giusi Nicolini and the local fishermen struggle for a new ship. While the refugees are finally transferred by plane, the fishermen occupy the port in order to protest. The island is isolated and as food supplies run out the protesters start to disagree with each other.

The coast guard tries to prevent the tragedies of the upcoming season out in the sea, while many islanders try to describe the role of Lampedusa to the never ending stream of reporters that step by on the island.

The tiny community at the edge of Europe is engaged in a desperate fight for dignity, and for solidarity with those who many consider the cause of the ongoing crisis: the African boat people.

cast & crew

  • Director & Producer: Jakob Brossmann
  • Editor: Nela Märki
  • Cinematographers: Serafin Spitzer & Christian Flatzek
  • Interpreter & Translator: Stefania Schenk Vitale
  • Sound Design: Max Liebich
  • Sound Mix: Tic Music
  • Location Audio: Axel Traun, Jakob Brossmann
  • Color Correction: Matthias Halibrand
  • Co-Production: Nela Märki (CH)
    Valerio B. Moser (I)
  • Production Manager: Susanne Berger
  • World Sales: Taskovski films ltd., (UK)
  • A "finali film & wortschatz produktion" production in coproduction with "Miramontefilm"

"observed with great sensitivity"

Marco Zucchi - Semaine De La Critique


  • World premiere: Semaine de la Critique - Festival del film Locarno 2015
  • Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival
  • DOK Leipzig - International Competition
  • São Paulo International Film Festival - Young Directors Competition
  • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
  • Duisburger Filmwoche
  • Stockholm International Film Festival
  • IDFA 2015 - selected for Best Of The Fest and Movies That Matter
  • Festival International du Film Insulaire de l’Île de Groix (FIFIG)
  • and many more



  • "Boccalino d'Oro" Award of the Independent Critics Jury for Best Film in all Competitions Locarno 2015
  • MehrWert-Award of Erste Bank
  • Vienna Film Award for Best Documentary, Viennale 2015
  • Audience Award of Duisburger Filmwoche, donated by Rheinischen Post for the favorite film
  • Austrian Film Award for Best Documentary
  • Bel Medic Award For creative emphasis of humanistic values, Magnificent 7, Belgrade, Serbia
  • "Premio Jean Vigo a la Mejor Dirección" for the Best Directing, Festival PUNTO DE VISTA Pamplona, Spain
  • Île d'Or Award, Festival International du Film Insulaire de l’Île de Groix


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international sales

We are excited to announce, that international sales of our documentary will be with Taskovski films ltd., London.
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external links

Semaine de la Critique AFC Interview with J. Brossmann