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Giuseppe Tornatore (story)
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20 October 2006 (Italy) See more »
Haunted by a horrible past, a Ukrainian young woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of a rich Italian family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Kseniya Rappoport ... Irena (as Ksenia Rappoport)

Michele Placido ... Muffa

Claudia Gerini ... Valeria Adacher

Piera Degli Esposti ... Gina
Alessandro Haber ... Matteo
Clara Dossena ... Tea Adacher

Ángela Molina ... Lucrezia (as Angela Molina)

Margherita Buy ... Irena's lawyer

Pierfrancesco Favino ... Donato Adacher

Nicola Di Pinto ... Irena's lover
Paolo Elmo ... Nello
Simona Nobili ... Policewoman
Elisa Morucci ... Waitress
Giulia Di Quilio ... Secretary

Pino Calabrese ... Magistrate

Gisella Marengo ... Policewoman
Gabriella Barbuti ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dante Alfonso Spadini ... Factory manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Giuseppe Tornatore 
Writing credits
Giuseppe Tornatore (story and screenplay)

Massimo De Rita (screenplay collaborator)

Produced by
Laura Fattori .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Fabio Zamarion 
Film Editing by
Massimo Quaglia 
Production Design by
Tonino Zera 
Set Decoration by
Gaia Zambelli 
Costume Design by
Nicoletta Ercole 
Makeup Department
Federico Laurenti .... key makeup artist
Luigi Rocchetti .... special makeup effects artist
Rodolfo Sifari .... hair stylist
Production Management
Remo Chiappa .... production manager
Gianluca Passone .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alberto Mangiante .... first assistant director
Barbara Pastrovich .... second assistant director
Art Department
Anna Acciarino .... assistant set decorator
Lucia Barbato .... assistant production designer
Lucia Barbato .... unit production designer
Inko Brus .... props
Giancarlo Carbonaro .... props
Stefano Carbonaro .... assistant propman
Basolà De Leitenburg .... paintings
Riccardo Furlani .... props
Li Mhooi Hwa .... paintings
Monica Kirchmayr .... paintings
Roberto Magagnini .... property master
Elisa Morucci .... paintings
Cristiano Pintaldi .... paintings
Claudio Stefani .... props
Donato Tieppo .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist
Massimo Marinelli .... sound effects
Vieri Martelli .... sound re-recordist
Gilberto Martinelli .... sound
Davide Palmiotto .... assistant sound engineer
Alfredo Petti .... boom operator
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects
Angelo Raguseo .... sound re-recording mixer
Francesco Vallocchia .... dialogue editor
Fabio Venturi .... sound engineer
Davide Palmiotto .... pro tools operator (uncredited)
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Fabrizio Quadroli .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Giulia Infurna .... digital compositor
Andrea Baracca .... digital color timing (uncredited)
Michele Benigna .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Andrea Cavallini .... scanning & recording operator (uncredited)
Emanuele Comotti .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Fathima Feminò .... roto artist (uncredited)
Dionisio Greco .... i/o supervisor (uncredited)
Fabio Luongo .... digital compositor: Proxima (uncredited)
Maura Manfredi .... roto artist (uncredited)
Lorenzo Moneta .... matte painter: Proxima (uncredited)
Pascal Morra .... render technical director (uncredited)
Claudio Napoli .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Emanuele Pescatori .... cg artist (uncredited)
Corrado Rizzo .... visual effects (uncredited)
Gian Luca Rizzo .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Marco Ruggieri .... scanning & recording manager (uncredited)
Kristina Russo .... cg artist (uncredited)
Francesco Spadoni .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Flaminia Speziale .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Giuseppe Squillaci .... visual effects supervisor: Proxima (uncredited)
Matteo Stirati .... cg artist (uncredited)
David Ambrosi .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jacqueline Freda .... stunt double: Piera Degli Esposti (uncredited)
Riccardo Mioni .... stunts (uncredited)
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Alessandro Novelli .... stunts (uncredited)
Emiliano Novelli .... stunts (uncredited)
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruno Anghelone .... grip
Maurizio Broglio .... electrician
Alessandro Colini .... grip
Simona De Lullo .... second assistant camera
Claudio Frollano .... chief electrician
Giovanni Gebbia .... Steadicam operator
Simone Lucchetti .... electrician
Roberto Luzi .... camera operator
Marco Santarelli .... key grip
Stefano Santini .... lighting technician
Marta Spedaletti .... still photographer
Enrico Stella .... grip
Giovanni Tancredi .... electrician
Riccardo Umetelli .... first assistant camera
Renato Zamarion .... electrician
Franco Biciocchi .... still photographer (uncredited)
Giancarlo Checchi .... electrician (uncredited)
Francisco Pintore .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Emilio Quinzi .... grip (uncredited)
Wojtek Trovato .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Katia Berrettini .... extra coordinator
Maria Novella Ercelli .... extra coordinator
Antonio Spoletini .... extra coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Anzimani .... sewer
Pamela Fontinovo .... assistant costume designer
Margherita Meddi .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Andrea Baracca .... colorist
Enrico Barone .... post-production coordinator
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color timer
Christian Gazzi .... telecine: rushes (as Cristian Gazzi)
Stefano Giovannini .... laboratory coordinator
Alessandro Quaglia .... assistant editor
Pamela Quaglia .... assistant editor
Galliano Scaramella .... negative cutter
Location Management
Sabrina Censki .... location manager: Trieste
Pierluigi Neri .... location manager: Terni
Michela Spaccini .... assistant location manager: Trieste
Music Department
Fausto Anzelmo .... soloist: viola
Nanni Civitenga .... musician: electric/double bass
Enrico DeMelis .... music coordinator (as Enrico De Melis)
Franco Ferrante .... soloist: clarinet
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Rocco Petruzzi .... musician: techno music
Luca Pincini .... cello soloist
Vincenzo Restuccia .... musician: percussion
Marco Rogliano .... violin soloist
Marco Serino .... violin soloist
Fabio Venturi .... score mixer
Rocco Zifarelli .... electric guitar
Transportation Department
Alfredo Iannone .... driver
Other crew
Elena Bindi .... continuity
Mara Cereda .... production coordinator
Simone Cialoni .... production secretary
Stefano Cialoni .... production delegate
Stefano Deni .... unit manager
Maria Vittoria Filippone .... accountant
Mario Francini .... unit manager
Cristina Giubbetti .... Umbria Film Commission Producer
Silvia Menozzi .... assistant dubbing director
Emanuela Rossi .... dubbing director
Emanuela Valente .... accountant
Caterina Mongiò .... backstage director (uncredited)
Nata More .... interpreter: Kseniya Rappoport (uncredited)
Mario Segatore .... thanks
Grazia Volo .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La sconosciuta" - Italy (original title)
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Rated R for some disturbing violent content involving rape and torture, graphic nudity, sexuality and language
118 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The film received a small release in Los Angeles in late 2007 in order to qualify for the 80th Annual Academy Awards (it was eligible in all categories, including Best Foreign Language Film). However it didn't get a wide US release until the following year.See more »
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38 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly Solid Italian Thriller, 2 March 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Ukranian Irena (Xenia Rappoport) arrives in the city of Velarchi, rents an expensive but simple apartment and seeks a job as a servant in the building in the other side of the street. Then she manages to work for the wealthy couple of gold dealers Adacher, and occasionally babysitting their little daughter Tea (Clara Dossena), who has a rare neurological disease that leaves the little girl without self-defense against any sort of aggression or accident. While working for the family, she is haunted by recollections from her mysterious past of prostitution and violence in Ukrania. However, her nightmares come true when she meets her former pimp that she believed had died. "La Sconosciuta" is a surprisingly solid and original Italian thriller, with an engaging dramatic story disclosed like a puzzle through a non-linear screenplay. I saw this movie on DVD with a group of friends with low expectation and we found it so good that we never dare to stop the film to make any comment, or drink water or go to a toilet so absorbed we were with the story. The direction of Giuseppe Tornatore from "Cinema Paradiso" is outstanding, with top-notch performances of Xenia Rappoport, Clara Dossena and the cast. The resolution of the plot is excellent and never corny. My vote is eight. Title (Brazil): "A Desconhecida" ("The Unknown")

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