The story takes place in a small village, at the southern tip of Europe:
Noto is situated at the south-coast of Sicily. Built in 1693 under the desert sky of North-Africa, it is one of the most beautiful baroque cities.
In 1996 the dome of the famous St. Francesco cathedral caved in. Ever since the destruction of this symbol of the town’s identity, the inhabitants of Noto have become nervous, especially the young, who are, each and every evening, meeting up on the steps in front of the cathedral. The ancient town must find its place in the new world: Noto should join the global net of the digital money transfer. The local confectioner “Café Sicilia” is planning a transfer of products via Internet to Tokyo and Manhatten
Our film tells a story of farewell and emergence, of friendship, love and longing. It documents a parting that concerns us all: the farewell to the old Europe.
It is the story of a group of four or five young people on the steps of Noto, a group known to each other from childhood and whose relationships are familiar, friendly and amorous. This group is destined to break apart: some will leave- for the new world of the cities in the north and some will stay- in this ancient baroque and oriental town..
Italy / Germany /2004 / 35 mm / 94 min.
Director: Thomas Crecelius
Production: EuroArts / Stefilm