The Macaluso Sisters

Italy | 2020 | 94 min. | Emma Dante

November 4, 2021

Cinema Italian Style

Emma Dante’s moving, elegant drama follows the lives of five sisters whose world is turned upside down by a sudden, unexpected, tragedy that tests the bonds of their family.

In-person screening only.

Maria, Pinuccia, Lia, Katia and Antonella are five orphaned sisters living on the top floor of a distressed building in Palermo, making a living by renting the doves they raise in the attic out to weddings and birthdays. When a sudden, catastrophic event upends their lives, they are left grappling with the aftermath, as the delicate balance of their family is tested. Enabled by a remarkable ensemble (who collectively won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival), writer/director Emma Dante brings a perceptive eye to this touching, tempestuous, decade-spanning celebration of sisterhood.

“Dante sets a firm seal upon her cross-disciplinary emergence as a director of unusually vivid empathy.”—Variety

  • Original Language Title: Le sorelle Macaluso
  • Director: Emma Dante
  • Principal Cast: Viola Pusateri, Eleonora De Luca, Simona Malato, Susanna Piraino, Serena Barone
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Italy
  • Year: 2020
  • Running Time: 94 min.
  • Producer: Marica Stocchi, Giuseppe Battiston, Daniele Di Gennaro
  • Screenplay: Emma Dante, Elena Stancanelli, Giorgio Vasta, based on the stage play "Le Sorelle Macaluso" by Emma Dante
  • Cinematographers: Gherardo Gossi
  • Editors: Benni Atria
  • Awards: Venice International Film Festival 2020 (Best Actress [awarded to the ensemble cast playing the sisters])
  • Filmography: A Street in Palermo (2013)
  • Language: Italian
  • US Distributor: Glass Half Full Media
  • International Sales: Charades


In addition to metered street parking, there is an easily accessible public garage just right across the street from the Egyptian. Harvard Garage (1609 Harvard Ave), $10.

More info

2021 Cinema Italian Style Sponsors & Partners