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Running time
106 min.
Italy Italy
Gianni Amelio, Andrea Porporati, Alessandro Sermoneta
Franco Piersanti
Luca Bigazzi
Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Alia Film, Arena Films, Rai 1, Canal+, Vega Film, CNC, Eurimages Council of Europe
Drama | Immigration
Synopsis / Plot
An opportunistic Italian swindler heads to Albania and finds himself involved with the life of an impoverished local in this somber political drama. Gino (Enrico Lo Verso) and his partner in crime Fiore (Michele Placido) come to Albania with a money-making scheme designed to capitalize on the surrounding political chaos. For the con to work, however, they need an easily exploitable native Albanian, and they recruit Spiro (Carmelo Di Mazzarelli). Easily confused and utterly impoverished, this elderly former political prisoner seems the perfect choice, until he unexpectedly disappears. Gino is assigned to find him, setting out on a journey that leads him to discover Spiro's tragic personal history and become intimately acquainted with the full extent of Albanian poverty.
1994: Venice Film Festival: Best Director
1994: European Film Awards: Best Movie
1995: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
1994: David di Donatello Awards: 3 Awards, including Best Cinematography. 5 Nom.
1995: Goya Awards: Best European Movie
1996: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
1996: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
1995: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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