The Italian

Release date:January 19, 2007
(NY, LA)

Studio:Sony Pictures Classics

Director:Andrei Kravchuk

MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for some violence, sexual content, language and thematic issues)


Starring:Kolya Spiridonov, Denis Moiseenko, Sasha Syrotkin, Andrei Elizarov, Vladimir Shipov, Polina Vorobjeva, Olga Shuvalova, Yuri Itskov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Dariya Lesnikova, Nikolai Reutov

Genre:Drama, Family

Plot Summary:

It's a pretty tall order to ask a six-year-old to suddenly take on responsibility for his own life. The questions facing Vanya are really tough: does he want to live a comfortable life as an adopted child of a loving family in Italy? After all, for an abandoned Russian child like Vanya it really doesn't sound like a bad option. Serene life under the Mediterranean sun is awaiting him. But the boy longs to find his own mother, so he decides to set off in search of her. But before he can begin, Vanya must learn to read the file that holds the information he needs to find her. He embarks on his quest—and encounters a mysterious and dangerous world. The world of children is a universe with its own laws; a realm in which sometimes one's heart speaks louder than one's intellect.