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Lamerica (1994)

Immediately after the fall of communism in Albania, two Italians go there to embezzle investment money by creating a fake company. As the chairman/fall guy, they pick a former political prisoner who turns out to be more than meets the eye.

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Gianni Amelio
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrico Lo Verso ... Gino
Michele Placido ... Fiore
Piro Milkani ... Selimi
Carmelo Di Mazzarelli Carmelo Di Mazzarelli ... Spiro (alias Michele Talarico)
Elida Janushi Elida Janushi ... Selimi's Cousin
Sefer Pema Sefer Pema ... Prison Governor
Idajet Sejdia Idajet Sejdia ... Dr. Kruja
Marieta Ljarja Marieta Ljarja ... Factory's manager
Elina Ndreu Elina Ndreu ... Singer in night club
Ilir Ara Ilir Ara ... Orphanage's guard
Liliana Subashi Liliana Subashi ... Hospital's doctor
Artan Marina Artan Marina ... Ismail
Vassjan Lammi Vassjan Lammi ... Cop at cafe
Nikolin Elezi Nikolin Elezi ... Man dying
Fatmir Gjyla Fatmir Gjyla ... Innkeeper
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Storyline

Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. But the youngest italian, Gino, once alone with Spiro, encounter a few problems. Far from his roots, loosing his identity in deep Albania, he begins to change... Written by Yepok

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A scam on the vulnerable.

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Drama

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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Selimi: Sorry, no water today. Today holiday. Maybe tomorrow.
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Connections

References Paisan (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Italiano
Written by Cristiano Minellono (as Minellono) and Toto Cutugno (as Cotugno)
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Movie/Documentary
28 April 2002 | by orbaneiSee all my reviews

Amelio stile of directing amazes me everytime more and more. A powerful movie, being very realistic and documentary. Once again, Enrico Lo Verso acting and leading the movie is great. This movie was filmed few years after the government was overthrown and I consider AMelio to be brave with this theme and from my understanding he reflected what happened in a realistic way.


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Country:

Italy | France | Switzerland | Austria

Language:

Albanian | Italian

Release Date:

4 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Америка See more »

Filming Locations:

Albania See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$438,483

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,788,331
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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