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Die schwarzen Brüder (2013)

Giorgio's poor parents sell their son to Milan to work as a chimney sweeper. There he joins the «Black Brothers».


Xavier Koller


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Credited cast:
Fynn Henkel Fynn Henkel ... Giorgio
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Antonio Luini
Waldemar Kobus ... Battista Rossi
Richy Müller ... Pater Roberto
Oliver Ewy Oliver Ewy ... Alfredo
Can Schneider Can Schneider ... Dante
Javidan Imani Javidan Imani ... Antonio
Jasper Smets Jasper Smets ... Riccardo (as Jasper Smert)
Sergen Ecin Sergen Ecin ... Luigi
Max Damisi Max Damisi ... Marco (as Max André Damisi)
Andreas Warmbrunn Andreas Warmbrunn ... Anselmo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ciro de Chiara ... Meister Spitzbart
Ruby O. Fee ... Angeletta
Robin Gorges Robin Gorges ... Katze
Julian Graupner Julian Graupner


Up until the middle of the 19th century, poverty stricken mountain farmers from the Ticino area of Switzerland frequently sold their children to Milan as chimney sweeps or spazzacamini. That is also young Giorgio's fate. He is forced to climb through pitch black chimneys, flinging down the soot with his bare hands. But he does not lose heart. Together with his buddies sharing in the same misery, he establishes the association of Black Brothers. They stick together, struggling against their penury and getting involved in fights with the street gangs of Milan. The film tells of the gripping adventures of the chimney sweep boys and their spectacular escape back to their native land.

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Release Date:

17 April 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

I fratelli neri See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Moritz Bleibtreu stars as Antonio Luini in this screen version of the story. His mother, Monica Bleibtreu (deceased in 2009), played the role of Signora Rossi in the 1983 TV-Series. See more »


Remake of Die schwarzen Brüder (1984) See more »


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the atmosphere
18 July 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

At first sigh, adaptation of one of Charles Dickens 's novel. at the second - the same. a nice film for the reflection of social context. for the hope message. for the good performances. and for the good intentions. because the basic problem of film is to be beautiful but not convincing. a children drama, their virtue, death and courage against the dark world of adults. but each scene something is missing. for feel the story out of its theoretic connotations. short, see it. for the atmosphere Dickens-like.

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