Looking for Angelina

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Looking for Angelina
Looking for Angelina (2005 film).jpg
Directed bySergio Navarretta
Release date
LanguageEnglish, Italian

Looking for Angelina was a 2005 Canadian drama film based on the murder case involving Angelina Napolitano.[1] Napolitano allegedly murdered her husband with an axe and was sentenced to be executed.[2]

In 2003, independent film director Sergio Navarretta began researching Angelina's life for a documentary, but expanded the project into a feature film "once we realized how dramatic the facts were."[3] The film, Looking for Angelina, was shot in two weeks in 2004 at Sault Ste. Marie, on a shoestring budget of $250,000.[3][4] The writers, Alessandra Piccione and Frank Canino, took inspiration from Canino's play "The Angelina Project".[5][6] Lina Giornofelice starred as Angelina, with Alvaro D’Antonio playing Pietro.[5][6] For authenticity, large parts of the film are in period-correct Italian with English subtitles.[5][6]

The film was released on February 11, 2005 and was directed by Sergio Navarretta.[7] The film was released in both English and Italian. The film was also released in Argentina on February 19, 2009 under the title Buscando a Angelina. It was shown at the Montreal World Film Festival, Cinéfest in Sudbury, Quitus Italian Film Festival in Montreal, Shadows of the Mind Festival in Sault Ste Marie, the International Film Festival of India, Cimameriche Film Festival in Genoa and the Mumbai International Film Festival.[5][6] "In general," said director Navaretta, "audiences have responded to the film on an emotional level, empathizing with the journey of [the characters]."[3] "Looking For Angelina" won three awards: A Special Recognition at the Cimameriche Film Festival and Best Feature (Drama) and Quitus Award of Distinction at the Quitus Film Festival in Montreal.[6]


  1. ^ "Looking for Angelina (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online". Biographi.ca. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Navarretta the mastermind behind Angelina by Ravi Amarnath. The Gazette, University of Western Ontario, September 26, 2006 Archived June 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine accessed June 2008
  4. ^ I just killed a pig by David Helwig. SooToday.com, May 06, 2004 Online version accessed June 2008
  5. ^ a b c d Platinum Image Film press release New Film About Italian Immigrant, March 13, 2006. Accessed June 2008 via A Guide to Women in Canadian History
  6. ^ a b c d e Official film website: Looking for Angelina Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine, accessed June 2008
  7. ^ "Looking for Angelina". Flixster. Retrieved 21 April 2011.

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