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22 September 2005 (Russia) See more »
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Tagline:
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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10 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Heartwarming, enthralling, and believable. See more (27 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)
Dima Grigoriev .... re-recording mixer assistant
 

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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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Russia's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Heartwarming, enthralling, and believable., 13 January 2008
Author: aerovian from Canada

This is one of the most satisfying films I've had the pleasure of watching in quite some time. Russian cinema is notable for its stark and unvarnished portrayal of life, and this piece is true-to-form. (Disney this ain't!) While it is very difficult to take in the conditions under which dozens of adorable, abandoned children must get along day-to-day in the grim confines of a Russian orphanage, it is absolutely enthralling to witness one little boy's fierce determination to find his true place in the world. Ostensibly this film was "inspired by true events" and while it is of course difficult to know just how much fact ultimately found its way into the screenplay, it's easy to imagine that the real-life orphan who boldly set off across-country in search of his birth mother must have had incredible strength-of-character, particularly for one so young. The producers did a wonderful job of balancing the elements of what could easily have become a rather depressing and hard-to-watch movie. The heavy tension of the boy's constant struggle against huge odds is beautifully broken up with little snippets of humor and compassion. With the exception of a single character who necessarily functions as the lightning-rod for the viewer's outrage, the antagonists are portrayed not as stereotypical villains, but as humans who are doing their best to eke out their survival in very difficult circumstances. Above all, we never forget that little Vanya -- tough and resourceful though he is -- is still a small and vulnerable child. Remarkably, never once during this film did I feel I was being served up anything contrived or absurd . . . in fact, at no time did I find it necessary to engage in the usual "suspension of disbelief" that so typifies the viewing experience for Hollywood films. While this movie will do little to entertain those who crave hormonally motivated plot-lines and adrenaline-charged action, it's definitely very worthwhile for drama-lovers in the 30+ crowd.

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