Golden Door

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Golden Door

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Golden Door

Release Date: September 22, 2006

Year    :   2006
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   History, Drama, Romance
Production Companies    :   Titti Film, Memento Films Production, ARTE France Cinéma, Respiro
Director    :   Emanuele Crialese
Producers    :   Emanuele Crialese, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Norma Angeleri, Fabrizio Mosca
Writers    :   Emanuele Crialese
RunTime    :   118 mins.

The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. Before they embark, they meet Lucy. She is supposed to be a British lady and wants to come back to the States. Lucy, or Luce as Salvatore calls her, for unknown reasons wants to marry someone before to arrive to Ellis Island in New York. Salvatore accepts the proposal. Once they arrive in Ellis Island they spend the quarantine period trying to pass the examinations to be admitted to the States. Tests are not so simple for poor farmers coming from Sicily. Their destiny is in the hands of the custom officers.

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