Italy | 2004 | 105min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama | Musical
Meeting his handicapped 16-year-old son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager. Gianni abandoned the boy at birth, when the child’s mother died, and P a u l o’s aunt and uncle have raised him. They have contacted and asked Gianni to take Paulo to Berlin for a battery of medical tests. Over a few days, Gianni tries to sort out his obligations and his desires. Will he accept his role as father to this engaging, mercurial, disabled youth?
Born in Calabria, Italy, Gianni Amelio began his film career as an assistant director in Rome. He made his feature debut with < The End of the Game > in 1970. His 1989 film < Open Doors > was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. He quickly followed this international success with < The Stolen Children > (1992), which received the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. In 1998, he won the Golden Lion for < The Way We Laughed > at Venice Film Festival. With above three films including < The Stolen Children >, < Lamerica >, and < The Way We Laughed >, he is the only director who won three Felix Awards for Best European Film.