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Lamerica

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Original title
Lamerica
Year
Running time
106 min.
Country
Italy Italy
Director
Screenwriter
Gianni Amelio, Andrea Porporati, Alessandro Sermoneta
Music
Franco Piersanti
Cinematography
Luca Vigazzi
Cast
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Producer
Cecchi Gori Group / Alia Film / Arena Films / Rai 1 / Canal+ / Vega Film / Centre National de la Cinématographie / Eurimages Council of Europe
Genre
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.
Awards
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. 5 nominations
1995: Goya Awards: Best European Movie
1996: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
1996: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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