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4 October 1995 (USA) See more »
Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Enrico Lo Verso ... Gino

Michele Placido ... Fiore
Piro Milkani ... Selimi
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
Elona Hoti ... Little girl dancing
Besim Kurti ... Interrogator
Esmeralda Ara ... Girl teaching italian
Luan Ujkai
Shkelqim Daja
Dritan Alia
Elinor Cekliqi
Ferit Nutai
Klodian Rakaj
Saimir Tila
Marian Tifozi
Gezim Nutai
Altin Garupi
Gezim Garupi
Ismail Kukaj
Nuredin Ujkaj
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Julian Sands ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Gianni Amelio 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gianni Amelio 
Andrea Porporati 
Alessandro Sermoneta 

Produced by
Mario Cecchi Gori .... producer
Vittorio Cecchi Gori .... producer
Enzo Porcelli .... executive producer
Original Music by
Franco Piersanti 
Cinematography by
Luca Bigazzi 
Film Editing by
Simona Paggi 
Production Design by
Giuseppe M. Gaudino 
Costume Design by
Liliana Sotira 
Claudia Tenaglia 
Makeup Department
Esmé Sciaroni .... key makeup artist (as Esme Sciaroni)
Production Management
Claudio Vecchio .... production manager
Sound Department
Angelo Amatulli .... boom operator
Alessandro Zanon .... sound
Special Effects by
Luca Ricci .... special effects technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessandro Saulini .... eletrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cristina Francioni .... assistant costume designer
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Other crew
Susan Jacobs .... publicist

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116 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Selimi:Sorry, no water today. Today holiday. Maybe tomorrow.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Paisan (1946)See more »
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
a true picture of post-socialist Albania, 3 January 2001
Author: enea from Troy, Mi

I just finished watching this film and it brought back to me memories of my life in Albania. the film is very precise in it's description of life in our poor land after the riots and the exoduses that occurred in the early '90s. I was lucky myself not to have gone through what most people go through during this film but I can identify with some of it. even though the film focuses more on the italian businessman, the struggle for survival that most Albanians had to go and still have to is quite clear. this film should be watched by all interested in understanding why people have to abandon their homelands. this is a perfect example and should open eyes to many.

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