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The Italian (2005) More at IMDbPro »Italyanets (original title)

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The Italian -- A Russian six-year-old is given the chance to start a new life with a family willing to adopt him in Italy.  But the young boy, yearning to find his real mother, sets off in search of her entering into a perilous and danger-filled world in the process.


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22 September 2005 (Russia) See more »
In Russia, Every Orphan Longs for Adoption. Vanya Has Other Plans...To Find His Mother At All Costs See more »
Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Not Christmas, but another miracle See more (27 total) »


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Nikolay Spiridonov ... Vanya Solntsev (as Kolya Spiridonov)
Mariya Kuznetsova ... Madam
Nikolay Reutov ... Grisha
Yuriy Itskov ... Direktor
Denis Moiseenko ... Kolyan
Andrey Elizarov ... Seryy
Aleksandr Sirotkin ... Timokha (as Sasha Sirotkin)
Vladimir Shipov ... Vovan
Polina Vorobeva ... Natakha
Olga Shuvalova ... Irka
Dmitriy Zemlyanko ... Anton (as Dima Zemlyanko)
Darya Yugrens ... Mama Mukhina (as Darya Lesnikova)
Rudolf Kuld ... Storozh
Tatyana Zakharova
Irina Osnovina ... Sosedka
Elena Malinovskaya
Andrey Dezhonov
Vladimir Kosmidaylo
Anatoliy Agroskin
Vladimir Kuteynikov
Sergey Zhukovich
Dmitriy Konokotov
Diana Shishlyaeva
Olga Lysenkova
Vladimir Ryazantsev
Aleksey Koshevoy

Directed by
Andrey Kravchuk 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrei Romanov 

Produced by
Olga Agrafenina .... executive producer
Andrei Zertsalov .... producer
Original Music by
Aleksandr Knaifel  (as Alexander Kneiffel)
Cinematography by
Aleksandr Burov (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tamara Lipartiya 
Production Design by
Vladimir Svetozarov 
Costume Design by
Natalia Brabanova 
Marina Nikolayeva 
Makeup Department
Olga Grebeniuk .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tatyana Nikolaeva .... production manager
Art Department
Andrei Rudiev .... set designer
Sound Department
Aliakper Gasan-Zade .... sound (as Aliakper Gassan Zade)

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Also Known As:
"Italyanets" - Russia (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content, language and thematic issues
90 min | Canada:99 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Germany:99 min (PAL DVD)
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Russia's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006)See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not Christmas, but another miracle, 10 December 2007
Author: lastliberal from United States

It is not likely that I will find Andrei Kravchuk's first film, A Christmas Miracle< in my search for Christmas movies to get me in the spirit; but, his second film, and Russia's entry into the Oscar race is truly heartwarming and an outstanding sophomore venture for the new director.

Six-year-old Vanya (Kolya Spiridonov) is being adopted from a Russian orphanage by an Italian couple. While waiting, he comes across a mother looking for her son, who has long since been adopted. He decides to find his own mother and sets out to make this happen, even though he has already be "sold." Of course, the people who sold him are trying to find him as he journeys to find his mother. Six years old and off on a journey well beyond his years. Like so many children in the world he has to grow up too fast - most because of war or tragedy like Darfur.

You will be torn by what the children at the orphanage do to survive, and you will be heartened by the strangers who help him along the way. Most of all, you will find that there are some great movies out there that do not depend on CGI or excessive violence to entertain. This is certainly one of them.

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