Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

A Small Southern Enterprise
(Una Piccola Impresa Meridionale)

Year: 2013
Country: ITALY
Run Time: 103 minutes

A Small Southern Enterprise
A Small Southern Enterprise
A Small Southern Enterprise
A Small Southern Enterprise

Don Costantino has had enough. Guilt-ridden about having quit the priesthood, he’s now unemployed and homeless at 50 -- but afraid to tell Mamma Stella, who has been on edge since daughter Rosa Maria left her husband Arturo. Mortified at the village scandal her children are causing, Mamma banishes Costantino - like Napoleon - to an island in the Mediterranean, where the family owns a crumbling lighthouse. But pop-eyed Costantino is simpatico from years of hearing people’s confessions, and soon castaways start floating up on his island exile. First comes a retired hooker, then brother-in-law Arturo (a frustrated jazz pianist), and some buoyant roofers in a circus caravan. Rosa Maria enters defiantly with her new lover, and even Mamma Stella herself washes in. The misfits are thus assembled like flotsam, the tide pushing them one way when they want to go another. But if everyone can leave society’s expectations behind, they just might be able to set up A SMALL SOUTHERN ENTERPRISE. (In Italian with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM -
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:15 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9:20 AM -
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 11:20 AM -
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 1:05 PM

World Tour

Rocco Papaleo

Rocco Papaleo was born in Lauria, Basilicata, Italy. He is a writer and well-known actor who plays Don Costantino in this film.

"Basilicata Coast to Coast" (2010) – 35th CIFF, A SMALL SOUTHERN ENTERPRISE (2013)

Isabella Cocuzza, Arturo Paglia

Valter Lupo, Rocco Papaleo

Fabio Zamarion

Christian Lombardi

Principal Cast
Riccardo Scamarcio, Barbora Bobuolova, Rocco Papaleo

Film Contact

Community Partners

PFLAG Cleveland

Media Partners

La Gazzetta Italiana

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