In celebration of Italian-American heritage month in the U.S., the critically acclaimed Italian comedy-drama film Briciole Sul Mare will make its North American debut in 12 cities across the U.S. and Canada throughout the month of October. The movie premiere is part of a larger event, dubbed Rocambolesco-Spectaculare! An Evening Celebration of Joy, Family and Tradition!, which also features world-class performances from recording artists such as The Platters and culinary treats from celebrity chefs and TV personalities “The Princess of Prince Street” Dana Gallo Strayton and Mike Fucci.
Briciole Sul Mare tells the story of a fisherman living in the south of Italy whose regular fishing trip takes an unexpected turn when he falls asleep. During his slumber, he drifts south to the waters of beautiful, sunny Sicily. There, he meets many new people, including Salvo, a young man who finds himself in a whirlwind of romance, family drama and legal trouble — all of which could completely alter his future. The film is full of dramatic and comical waves that rise and fall so unexpectedly that any avid roller coaster rider would be envious.
The Platters will highlight music galas following the premiere screenings of Briciole Sul Mare, performing some of their classic hits (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Only You, Great Pretender, My Prayer, etc.). In addition to performances by The Platters, Italian recording artist and Briciole film star Walter Nestola with Paola Gruppuso (from Italy’s RAI-TV’s The Voice) will perform their songs from the official motion picture soundtrack, and North America will get a taste of Italy’s hottest new musical recording artists, including an introduction to rising star Amato Scarpellino.
Historically significant to the American soundtrack, The Platters — American Rock & Roll, Vocal Group and Grammy Halls of Fame inductees — have broken down numerous racial, gender and cultural barriers throughout the years. While Elvis was rocking here in the States, The Platters were over in Europe becoming the first African American music group to reach super-stardom abroad. Because of their rich history performing throughout Europe on their way to becoming cultural icons, it is only fitting that they return the hospitality and welcome some of Italy’s top, young talent to the U.S. to join in the celebration at Rocambolesco-Spectaculare! An Evening Celebration of Joy, Family and Tradition!
“Heart, love and passion are the three ingredients that allow me to say that sometimes dreams come true. In fact, my dream is a beautiful reality that I’ll also live overseas thanks to my friend Fred Balboni, who arranged a tour worthy of an Oscar for Briciole Sul Mare,” said Nino Chirco, film producer and owner of Chirco Studio. “Moreover, I’m very happy to provide this opportunity to attend screenings of Briciole to Americans and Canadians, especially to those of Italian heritage, as the film deals with topics related to the need to migrate and bond with their land of origin and roots. Finally, Sicily and Salento have a leading role in the film, which I am sure will be a nice surprise and a pleasant souvenir for those who live far away from their homeland.”
The 12-city tour will kick off Oct. 9 at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall and will run through Oct. 24.Tickets to Rocambolesco-Spectaculare! An Evening Celebration of Joy, Family and Tradition! will be available at www.bsmpremiere.com, starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016. Ticket options include:
- Dante Alighieri VIP Tickets: $150.00 — Includes meet and greet and photo with all artists, a special reception catered by rising Italian-American culinary TV personality Mike Fucci and premium seating.
- Michelangelo Reserved Seating Tickets: $75.00 — Includes reserved seating and after-concert reception catered by Dana Gallo Strayton (The Princess of Prince Street) of the Prince Street Cafe and Bakery in Bedford, Massachusetts, as featured on Buddy Valastro’s Bakery Rescue series on the TLC Television Network.
• Maria Montessori Special Student/Senior Tickets: $25.00 — Includes same benefits as the Michelangelo Reserved Seating Tickets, but at a special price. (Student ID/Photo ID Required)