Purple Sea (Italian: Viola di mare, also known as The Sea Purple) is a 2009 Italian romance drama film directed by Donatella Maiorca. It is based on the non-fiction novel Minchia di re written by Giacomo Pilati. The film premiered at the 2009 Rome Film Festival. It was nominated for two Nastro d’Argento Awards, for Best Actress (Valeria Solarino) and Best Original Song (“Sogno” by Gianna Nannini).
From the novel Minchia di Re by Giacomo Pilati comes a scandal hidden in 19th century Sicily between two young women, Angela and Sara. Angela isn t like other girls her age, she fears nothing and nobody. She can t hide her feelings for Sara. To maintain the forbidden relationship, she changes her outward appearance to disguise herself as a man. The chains that had imprisoned her existence suddenly disappear and she becomes powerful, but in her heart she never denies her identity as a woman. As intense and compelling as only young love can be, the two women challenge the rules of society in order to be together.