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Gino
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Fiore
Piro Milkani ...
Carmelo Di Mazzarelli ...
Spiro (alias Michele Talarico)
Elida Janushi ...
Selimi's Cousin
Sefer Pema ...
Prison Governor
Idajet Sejdia ...
Dr. Kruja
Marieta Ljarja ...
Factory's manager
Elina Ndreu ...
Singer in night club
Ilir Ara ...
Orphanage's guard
Liliana Subashi ...
Hospital's doctor
Artan Marina ...
Ismail
Vassjan Lammi ...
Cop at cafe
Nikolin Elezi ...
Man dying
Fatmir Gjyla ...
Innkeeper
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Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. But the youngest italian, Gino, once alone with Spiro, encounter a few problems. Far from his roots, loosing his identity in deep Albania, he begins to change... Written by Yepok

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A scam on the vulnerable.

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4 October 1995 (USA)  »

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$438,483

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,788,331
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Selimi: Sorry, no water today. Today holiday. Maybe tomorrow.
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References Paisan (1946) See more »

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L'Italiano
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Italians in Albania
24 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Gino (played by Enrico Lo Verso) and Fiore (Michele Placido) are Italian racketeers who come to Albania just after the fall of communism to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants.

According to Luca Caminati, the two plot threads "challenge Italy's colonial past and in so doing force the redefinition of the notion of identity. Who is Italian? And what does it mean to be Italian?" This is an interesting concept, but unfortunately not one (as an American) I could reflect on with any real understanding.

But the line between Albania and Italy is an interesting one for me in another respect -- the history of Sicily. Many of the towns on the island were populated by Albanians who have since assimilated, inter-married and speak Italian. What does it mean for them to be Italian? Or Albanian?


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