Director Giulio Base (center) with cast members of the film 'Bar Giuseppe' at the 14th annual Rome Film Festival | Photo: ANSA/ETTORE FERRARI
Director Giulio Base (center) with cast members of the film 'Bar Giuseppe' at the 14th annual Rome Film Festival | Photo: ANSA/ETTORE FERRARI

The film 'Bar Giuseppe' tells the story of an Italian widower and an African migrant who fall in love. It was recently screened at the Rome Film Festival.

The main character in the film 'Bar Giuseppe' (English title: 'Bar Joseph') is a amateur woodworker,  barkeeper, and petrol station manager named Giuseppe. After he loses his wife, he needs help at his petrol station/bar. When asked who he'd take on for help, he responds by saying "I'd take them all." 

The only people who knock on his door for work are foreigners. Guiseppe (played by Ivano Marescotti) hires Bikira (Ira Fronten) to work as a waitress at his bar. She recently arrived from Africa. 

Falling in love

Despite their significant age difference, Giuseppe and Bikira fall in love, creating a scandal in their small town and provoking the hostility of Giuseppe's two sons.

The film was written and directed by Giulio Base. It was recently screened at the 14th Rome Film Festival. 

A tale of "the exiles of today and yesterday"

Base said that he wanted to tell a story involving migrants because "[as] the son of migrants, I witness the decline of their hopes." He said that "people in exile, yesterday and today, put up with the same conditions: the anguish of not being welcomed, what to eat, where to live, what job."
 

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