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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 100 MIN | 2013

ALì BLUE EYES

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Claudio Giovannesi’s first dramatic feature is an engrossing coming-of-age story following one week in the life of sixteen-year-old troublemaker Nader, an immigrant teenager who stops at nothing to fit in to Italian youth culture despite his family’s insistence that he respect his Egyptian and Muslim roots. He gets into fights, does drugs, steals and pursues an Italian girlfriend against his mother’s threats to disown him. It is a wonderfully non-judgmental study of a young man caught between conflicting states—Arab and Italian, childhood and adulthood, right and wrong—and the lesson he learns. The performances from the non-professional cast, most of whom are playing close versions of themselves, contribute to the work as being a stunning example of Italian Neorealism. Giovannesi won a special jury prize at the Rome Film Festival for this film.

—Dan Hunt
Film Information
Year: 2012
Length: 100 minutes
Language: Italian
Country: Italy
Premiere: International
Cast & Credits
Director: Claudio Giovannesi
Screenwriter: Claudio Giovannesi, Filippo Gravino
Producer: Fabrizio Mosca
Editor: Giuseppe Trepiccione
Director of Photography: Daniele Ciprì
Composer: Claudio Giovannesi, Andrea Moscianese
Co-Producer: Rai Cinema
Cast: Nader Sarhan, Stefano Rabatti, Brigitte Apruzzesi, Marian Valenti Adrian, Cesare Hosny Sarhan, Fatima Mouhaseb
Cinematographer: Daniele Ciprì
Press Contacts

Print Source
Manuela Mazzone Lopez
Intramovies srl
Rome, 00197
Phone: +39 06 807 7252
manuela.mazzone@intramovies.com

US Sales Contact
Jef Nuyts
Intramovies
Rome, 00197
Phone: +39 06 807 6157
jef.nuyts@intramovies.com

International Sales Contact
Jef Nuyts
Intramovies
Rome, 00197
Phone: +39 06 807 6157
jef.nuyts@intramovies.com

Press Contact
Claudia Tomassini
Claudia Tomassini & Associates
New York, 10003
Phone: 646 243 1751
claudia@claudiatomassini.com

About the Director(s)
CLAUDIO GIOVANNESI was born in Rome in 1978 and graduated from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in 2005. His first feature, La casa sulle nuvole, received a special jury prize at the 2009 Brussels Film Festival. His next film, Fratelli d'Italia, was 2010 finalist for the Nastri d’Argento for best documentary.

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