89 minutes – Comedy/Drama
Language: English – Italian with English subtitles.
Festival release date: June 16, 2018 (Italian Contemporary Film Festival, Canadian Premiere)
Release date: August 30, 2019
Production company: Halftown Company
An old-world deceased Sicilian father named Antonio (Charly Chiarelli) tries to negotiate his way into heaven. But he isn’t allowed in until he repairs his relationship with his son Calogero and gets him to reunite two family factions with a very long history of a bitter dispute over a lemon grove in Sicily. Appearing as a spectre, Antonio tells his son what he must do, which enrages his extended family who think he wants to take the grove for himself. Meanwhile Zio Vincenzo (Burt Young) sends Guido (Nick Mancuso) after Calogero. In Sicily, Calogero becomes smitten with a feisty actress, Maria (Rossella Brescia). Combine the crazy extended family, a mysterious woman, the ghost of Antonio and Guido’s bumbling, Calogero may lose the grove in this light comedy.
A Canada-Italy co-production, Road to the Lemon Grove won the Cirs Award at the Taormina Film Festival for Best in Cultural and Social Achievement in Sicily; the Best in Italian-Canadian Cinema at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival; the Excellence in Performance Award at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival and the Best Comedy Feature of Edmonton International Film Festival.