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Release Date:
22 September 2005 (Russia) See more »
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In Russia, Every Orphan Longs for Adoption. Vanya Has Other Plans...To Find His Mother At All Costs See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A Film of Great Beauty, Sadness and Heart See more (26 total) »

Cast

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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
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Italyanets" - Russia (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content, language and thematic issues
Runtime:
90 min | Canada:99 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Germany:99 min (PAL DVD)
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In Germany the film is only available in the original language (Russian) with German subtitles, although it has been given a German title ("Der Italiener") at the Berlin Film Festival (2005). On the the German DVD edition English subtitles can be found in addition.See more »

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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A Film of Great Beauty, Sadness and Heart, 21 January 2007
Author: (mgphd@rcn.com) from New York, NY

I saw "The Italian" with a friend I have known for 40 years. He has two sons, now grown up. I could only think about how lucky they are. We and the entire audience were deeply affected by this story of the effects of poverty, abandonment, the market for children, and the inexplicable drive of boys to return to their mothers, even when they have been sent away by them. The performance of the little boy who plays the central character is astonishing, absolutely remarkable. The director is a magician. The desolation of person and of place is captured in such a way that disbelief is almost total that such things can still be ongoing in this world of great wealth, albeit selectively concentrated . All of the actors, all little boys, two young girls and a few young boys in their teens--all are so engaging that we are stunned by the loss their characters and the real little boys whose story the writer and director tell suffer. This is 2007, the film was finished in 2005 and set only three years earlier. We wonder, How can this happen to little boys, and girls? And what effects follow? We see some of those effects in the older children. Then one recalls that this sort of thing is not limited to Russia but is common here in the States and all over the world a reality--the turning of an unwanted life into dross by neglect and abandonment. Every mother and father should see this film and then go to their son and tell him how much they love him, and think about little boys languishing in orphanages. One wants to do something after seeing this film, anything to relieve such boys of their horrific fate. Their tenderness for each other is stressed by the filmmakers. This is something that bears remembering. When kids aren't taken care of, they do find ways of caring for each other. They are resourceful in face of neglect, punishments, indifference, poverty. But many fall to pieces.... That now and again one little boy MAY NOT have been destroyed utterly in this way, as suggested in this film, is the source of the film's beauty. The face of the little boy here is unforgettable. The suggestion of a life having been wasted reflects and is reflected by the setting. One can only ope that the film will be widely seen.

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