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"Sea Purple" is playing at the 2013 San Diego Italian Film Festival (October 25th, 7:00pm). Sullo sfondo di una Sicilia ottocentesca, in una piccola isola, Angela per sopravvivere allo scandalo della propria omosessualitagrave; accetta inizialmente di camuffarsi da uomo. Occultare la propria femminilitagrave; le serviragrave; a poco nel momento in cui divamperagrave; l'amore, corrisposto, per la bella e solare Sara. Il loro rapporto saragrave; occasione per sfidare a ogni costo la mentalitagrave; chiusa e arcaica di quell'antica terra. Based on true historical events first adapted into a novel in 2004, Viola di mare/Sea Purple (2009) tells the story of Angela's female-to-male transformation for love of her long-time friend Sara. The story is set on an island off the coast of Sicily in the 19th century, in an immutable and uncontaminated universe where as Prince Salina of The Leopard would say, "everything has to change for everything to stay the same." While the love story between the two female protagonists, beautifully played by up-and-coming Italian actresses Valeria Solarino and Isabella Aragonese, remains at the center, the film also exposes the brutal labor conditions forced upon the inhabitants of the island, and the hypocrisy of the powerful perpetrated with the blessing of the church. The film explores the fluidity of gender and sexual identities and denounces the damages of a hostile patriarchal system. Ennio Fantastichini, Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Giselda Volodi give riveting performances as supporting cast while Gianna Nannini's soundtrack is spellbinding against the backdrop of a stunning wild landscape.