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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 »
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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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10 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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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 Shishlyayeva (as 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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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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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
one boy's odyssey, 8 July 2007
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

"The Italian" is a touching tale of a six-year-old Russian orphan who goes in search of the mother who gave him to a foundling home when he was just an infant.

Vanya has spent virtually his entire life growing up in a substandard orphanage run by an alcoholic director and a cold-hearted administrator. The children there live in virtual squalor with no effort on the part of the leaders to properly instruct or educate them. The future for most of these youngsters is a bleak one indeed, with a life of petty thievery and/or prostitution the most likely outcome for any of them not fortunate enough to catch the eye of some prospective, loving parent. Yet, as the movie begins, young Vanya's personal nightmare seems to be coming to an end as a kind Italian couple has come to Russia with the intention of adopting Vanya and taking him back to Italy with them. However, before the proper papers can be signed, the boy, sensing he must act quickly before it is too late, sets off on a long, arduous journey to see if he can find the mother who abandoned him as a baby.

"The Italian" is a compelling slice-of-life drama that has a great deal to say not only about the appalling conditions faced by orphans in Russia today, but about the determination of the human spirit and the need for love that exists at the center of every human heart. Director Andrei Kravchuk brings a near-documentary quality to the film, as he focuses his camera on the details of everyday life in the orphanage and the countryside through which Vanya travels. This air of naturalism extends to the actors as well, particularly young Kolya Spiridonov, who, as Vanya, gives a performance that can only be termed extraordinary and heartbreaking. After this film and the brilliant "The Return," I'm convinced that Russia has some of the finest child actors in the business. Indeed, there is nothing less than a superb performance in the entire film.

"The Italian" is a film tuned to the realities of life in a harsh environment, where cruel and violent deeds often share the stage with acts of random kindness. Vanya's epic adventure provides more than ample opportunity for him to experience both, but it is the magnanimity he encounters at the hands of strangers that lingers longest in memory.

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