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The action takes place close to Sicily's capital, Palermo, in the director's home town of Bagheria. The narrative covers the period from the 1920s through to the 80s and centres on a boy called Peppino, who comes from a poor shepherding family. The film tracks both Peppino's romance with local beauty Mannina and his political awakening - which will take him to the upper reaches of the Communist Party - as well as the social changes within the town: life under the Fascists, the influence of the Mafia, and the dominant forces of the Catholic Church and Christian Democrats. Tornatore's obsession is ravishingly captured by cinematographer Enrico Lucidi and, as with Cinema Paradiso, Ennio Morricone provides the score. The town was painstakingly recreated on massive sets in Tunisia, which ultimately made this one of Italy's most expensive film productions. It won a host of awards in Italy, as well as a Golden Globe nomination in the US.