The first Italian film to open the Venice Film Festival in almost 20 years, Baarìa is also one of the most expensive films ever made in Italy – a sprawling epic in the tradition of old Italian cinema with an Ennio Morricone score to match.
The father of the family is a hardworking shepherd. His mischievous son Peppino grows up with a fierce resentment of the landowners whose interests they must serve. Gradually, we move through the Fascist era to the post-war period. Peppino (earnestly played by Francesco Scianna) may have only the most rudimentary education, but he has a burning sense of injustice. He becomes more and more involved in politics, joining the Communist Party and agitating for workers' rights. A man of strong ideals, Peppino is in danger of losing sight of the most important thing in his life, his own family.