An enchanted village. A wonderful friendship, star crossed lovers and the everlasting magic of the movies! A boy who grew up in a native Sicilian Village returns home as a famous director after receiving news about the death of an old friend. Told in a flashback, Salvatore reminiscences about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence of Alfredo, Salvatore fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours discussing films and Alfredo teaching Salvatore the skills that became a stepping stone for the young boy into the world of film making.

The film brings the audience through the changes in cinema and the dying trade of traditional film making, editing and screening. This beautifully crafted film is a must see for any film enthusiast and won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film as well as a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.