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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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8 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Excellent direction, acting and cinematography 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

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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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Excellent direction, acting and cinematography, 30 September 2010
Author: manjits from Australia

"The Italian", a debut film by Andrei Kravchuk, is an outstanding film by any standard; and yet the film failed to win any major awards – not even the consolation of a Best Foreign Film Oscar. It won the minor category of Children's film award created for the purpose at Venice, but nowhere else, as if a film about children automatically becomes a children's film.

Three reasons spring to mind; it was a commercial dud possibly due to lack of commercial skills of the makers; contrary to public perception, shock value and financial success rules the fate of a movie even at the top festivals where the judges are mostly the mega-stars from Hollywood and around the world; and the debut production of a young person from a poor country still on the other side of the divide stood as little chance of an award as of Castro winning a Nobel Peace Prize.

So what did I find exceptional in the movie? To start with the least important, the cinematography was par excellence. The depiction of desolate, gloomy environment of Russian winter, with telephoto shots of barbed wires quivering as if in the cold air; the claustrophobic shots of vast landscape (even if done through back projection) from the inside of cars and train were awesome.

The second most outstanding quality of the film was the acting, particularly by all the child actors. It wasn't just great; it was breathtaking in its realism, as if the kids were chosen from an actual asylum which they weren't. The adults had no chance to compete against such talent, but managed to perform professionally.

The most outstanding characteristic of the film got to be the director, whose command in every field – music; editing; locations; camera angles; choice of lenses and suppression of any tinge of sentimentality – was evident.

I don't accept it's a rehash of Dickens's Oliver Twist suggested by some commentators. The harsh brutality of criminal gangs of 18th century Britain in Oliver Twist has nothing in common with the sad declension of Russian society and morale since the glasnost. If anything, the story has more in common with the magical realism of Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.

That's why the unsentimental ending gels with the mood of the movie.

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