104 minutes

A young Somali who immigrated to Italy as a child faces racism at every step of the way, but his chance meeting with a retired boxer promises to change his life. Smart, powerful "problem picture" that knows what it wants to say and how to say it but whose hurried, surreal ending suggests the filmmakers may have bitten off more than they could chew; still, well worth the look.

A DNA Cinematografica production, in collaboration with RAI Cinema; associate production, Relief.
Starring Valerio Mastandrea, Said Sabrie, Amin Nour, Adamo Dionisi, Sandra Toffolatti, Rino Diana; and with Anita Caprioli.
Directed by Claudio Noce; produced by Dodo Fiori; screenplay by Diego Ribon, Heidrun Schleef, Mr. Noce, with the collaboration of Elisa Amoruso, from a story by Mr. Ribon, Ms. Amoruso, Mr. Noce; music by Valerio Vigliàr; director of photography (Technicolor, Technovision), Michele d'Attanasio; production designer, Paki Meduri; costume designer, Veronica Fragola; film editor, Andrea Maguolo, with the collaboration of Paola Freddi.
Screened: 8 1/2 Italian Film Festival advance DVD screener, Lisbon, May 16th 2010. 


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