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Italianetz (2005)

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Release Date
 USA: Jan 19, 2007

Official Website:
Italianetz Website

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country Russia

Production Companies
Lenfilm Studio

Studio Sony Pictures Classics

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Other Titles
• Italianetz (2005)
• The Italian

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Genre: Drama, Family

Tagline: In Russia, Every Orphan Longs for Adoption. Vanya Has Other Plans...To Find His Mother At All Costs

Plot: The Italian
It is not difficult to detect the documentarian behind Andrei Kravchuk's winning feature debut. The Italian is a very human and sympathetic study of a young boy in the grim world of a Russian orphanage that carries overtones of Charles Dickens. The adults scheme while the children plan their escapes or simply try to negotiate their way through lives with little future. Kravchuk seamlessly depicts the harsh reality of this environment while remaining open to the dramatic possibilities offered by the story of six-year-old Vanya.

The orphanage is run by the wily "Madam" (Maria Kuznetsova), who is only interested in making money by selling the children to wealthy westerners who come her way. Each adoption is treated as a financial transaction. The vulnerable but tough-skinned Vanya is given his nickname, "The Italian," when he is chosen for adoption by an Italian couple. It seems Vanya will be one of the lucky ones; at least he will escape. The other children his age find themselves at the mercy of older kids involved in everything from

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