ⓘ The Italian (2005 film)

The Italian (2005 film)

ⓘ The Italian (2005 film)

The Italian is a 2005 Russian drama film directed by Andrei Kravchuk. The screenplay by Andrei Romanov, inspired by a true story, focuses on a young boys determined search for his mother.


1. Plot

Six-year-old Vanya Solntsev lives in a desolate and rundown orphanage run by an alcoholic headmaster. When a wealthy Italian couple wanting to adopt selects him, the other children, especially his good friend Anton, envy his good fortune and name him The Italian. But when a grief-stricken mother of another boy commits suicide after returning to reclaim her son and discovering he is no longer there, Vanya fears the same fate looms for him. With the aid of some of the older boys, he retrieves his file from the office safe and learns the address of the childrens home where he previously lived. Certain the records there will identify his mother, he sets off on his quest.

Pursuing him by car as he travels by train are the corrupt Madam, who brokered his adoption, and her driver Grisha. Upon arriving in the town where the home is located, Vanya is attacked and beaten, but he breaks free and finds a bus that will take him to his destination. There he is confronted by Grisha, but he manages to elude him and make contact with the head of the home, who gives him his mothers address. Once again Grisha catches up with him, but when he realizes how determined Vanya is to find his mother, he lets him go. The boy is reunited with his mother. Through a letter Vanya wrote to Anton, who was adopted by the Italian couple instead, we learn Vanya is happy to be living with his mother again.


2. Production

Residents of the Lesogorsky Orphanage in Leningrad were cast as orphans in the film.

The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was shown at the Taipei Film Festival and the Buster Childrens Film Festival in Denmark before going into theatrical release in Russia. It was shown at the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico and the Paris Mon Premier Festival joden before going into limited release in the United States.


3. Critical reception

Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said, "The film’s director, Mr. Kravchuk, throws a beautiful, somewhat gauzy light over this world that gently softens its harder angles. There is something slightly magical about the lighting, almost as if this were a fantasy land from which Vanya might actually make an escape. This sense of unreality, of magical thinking and wishing, carries the story and Vanya through a remarkable journey. like something out of a film by Roberto Rossellini, which is very high praise indeed."

Ruthe Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle called the film "a deeply moving experience, alternately funny and sad" and added, "Based on a real incident, it has the ring of truth. Every detail feels right, from the chill of a Russian winter to the coldness displayed by adults profiting from a trade in orphans."

Leslie Felperin of Variety observed, "Briskly helmed by feature debutant Andrei Kravchuk, might appeal to subtitle-friendly tweens and teens in upmarket territories."


4. Awards and nominations

The film won the Grand Prix of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk from the International Jury at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival, and a Special Mention from their Childrens Jury. It also won Golden Poznan Goats award for best feature movie at 23rd Ale Kino! Festival. Andrei Kravchuk won the CIFEJ Prize, awarded to the director of films especially designed for children or suitable for them, at the 2005 Carrousel International du Film in Montreal; the Cinekid Film Award at the 2005 Cinekid in Amsterdam; and the Grand Prix at the 2005 Honfleur Festival of Russian Cinema in France.

The film was Russias submission for consideration in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Annual Academy Awards.

  • Persona non grata is a 2005 Polish drama film directed by Krzysztof Zanussi. Zbigniew Zapasiewicz - Wiktor Nikita Mikhalkov - Oleg Jerzy Stuhr - Polish
  • list of films produced in Italy in 1928 see 1928 in film List of Italian films of 1927 List of Italian films of 1929 Italian films of 1928 at the Internet
  • list of films produced in Italy in 1929 see 1929 in film List of Italian films of 1928 List of Italian films of 1930 Italian films of 1929 at the Internet
  • Roberto 2013 Italian Crime Filmography, 1968 - 1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765. Curti, Roberto 2017 Italian Gothic Horror Films 1970 1979. McFarland
  • films produced in Italy in 1964. Film portal Italy portal Lists portal 1964 in film 1964 in Italian television Amori pericolosi 1964 in Italian
  • Hidden, is a 2005 psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Haneke and starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche. The plot follows
  • list of films produced in Italy in 1927 see 1927 in film List of Italian films of 1926 List of Italian films of 1928 Italian films of 1927 at the Internet
  • list of films produced in Italy in 1932 see 1932 in film List of Italian films of 1931 List of Italian films of 1933 Italian films of 1932 at the Internet

Users also searched:

the italian 2005 watch online,