All the Invisible Children

(Italy/USA/Brazil/Great Britain/China, 2005, 128 minutes)

Seven tales of underprivileged children around the world. Well-meaning but uneven portmanteau drama benefitting UNICEF, made up of seven short films specially commissioned from renowned directors given “carte blanche” to choose the subject as they saw fit; while not everyone manages to escape maudlin sentimentality and not all the films are equally good, the general level is better than expected.

An MK Film Productions/RAI Cinema production. Based on an idea by Chiara Tilesi; produced by Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Chiara Tilesi and Stefano Veneruso.
Tanza: starring Adama Bila, Elysee Rouamba, Rodrigue Ouettara, Ahmed Ouedraougo, Harouna Ouedraogo. Directed and written by Mehdi Charef; music by Rokia Traoré; director of photography, Philippe Brelot; art director, Rasmane Tiendrebeogo; costume designer, Martine Some; film editor, Yannick Kergoat.
Blue Gypsy: starring Uros Milovanovic, Dragan Zurovac, Vladan Milojevic, Goran R. Vracar, Mihona Vasic, Mita Belic, Dalibor Milenkovic, Miroslav Cvetkovic, Petar Simic. Directed by Emir Kusturica; written by Stribor Kusturica; music by Stribor Kusturica, Zoran Marijanovic, Dejan Sparavalo and Nenad Jankovic; director of photography, Milorad Glusica; production designer, Radovan Markovic; costume designer, Vesna Avramovic; film editor, Svetolik Mica Zajc.
Jesus Children of America: a 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production. Starring Hannah Hodson, Andre Royo, Coati Mundi, Hazelle Goodman, Damaris Edwards, Keteya Ulmer, Ashley Evans, Lavon Malik Green, Petra Quinones, Natalia Roldan, Charles Socarides, Robin Lord Taylor, Lanette Ware, Philicia Wood, and Rosie Perez. Directed by Spike Lee; produced by Spike Lee and Mike Ellis; written by Cinqué Lee and Joie Lee; music by Terence Blanchard; director of photography, Cliff Charles; production designer, Sarah Frank; costume designer, Donna Berwick; film editor, Barry Alexander Brown.
Bilú e João: a Latitude Filmes/Gullane Films production. Starring Vera Fernandes, Francisco Anawake de Freitas. Directed by Katia Lund; produced by Kátia Lund, Caio Gullane, Débora Ivanov, Fabiano Gullane and Ricardo Aidar; written by Kátia Lund and Eduardo Tripa; music by António Pinto and Instituto; director of photography, Toca Seabra; costume designer, André Simonetti; film editor, Estevan Santos.
Jonathan: an RSA production. Starring David Thewlis, Kelly Macdonald, Jack Thompson, Jordan Clarke, Joshua Light. Directed by Jordan Scott and Ridley Scott; produced by Sookie Foster and Frances McGivern; written by Jordan Scott; music by Ramin Djawadi; director of photography, James Whitaker; production designer, Ben Scott; costume designer, Greg Fay; film editor, Dayn Williams.
Ciro: a Studio Francesco Rapa production. Starring Daniele Vicorito, Emmanuele Vicorito, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Peppe Lanzetta, Ernesto Mahieux, Giovanni Mauriello. Directed by Stefano Veneruso; screenplay by Diego de Silva and Stefano Veneruso, from a story by De Silva; music by Capote & BangtBangt; director of photography, Vittorio Storaro; set decorator, Annalisa Mucci; costume designer, Maria Pennacchio; film editor, Ugo de Rossi
Song Song and Little Cat: a Lion Rock production in association with Beijing Rosat Film & TV Productions Company and China Film Group Corporation. Starring Zhao Zicun, Qi Ruyi, Wang Bin, Jiang Wen Li, You Yong, Jiang Tong, Shen Chang, Xu Jun. Directed by John Woo; produced by Terence Chang; written by Li Qiang; music by Lin Hai; director of photography, Zeng Nianping; production designer, Tim Yip; costume designer, Liu Weifeng; film editor, Robert Ferretti.


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