Film Info: Solino


Scene from "Solino" (photo © X Verleih)

Italy in the 1960s. One day Romano and Rosa, the parents of the two young brothers Gigi and Giancarlo, decide to leave their sun-drenched home in Apulia and move to Germany. In the gray industrial rust-belt they soon open the first pizza parlor of the neighborhood, adding a little spice to the local restaurant scene. While Romano is soon completely wrapped up in his role as restaurant owner, his wife Rosa, even after many years, continues to suffer from incurable homesickness.

And Gigi and Giancarlo? The two brothers make their own experience with their newfound freedom, with music, and with their first joint. But they will become rivals in their quest for love and success – and each of them wants to be the first to answer the big question: What is really important in life?

Fatih Akin is a German filmmaker of Turkish origin. He won the Golden Bear for HEAD ON in 2004 and became, at the age of 30, one of the most influential European directors. At that time he had already completed film school, two short films, one documentary about his parents’ migration from Turkey to Hamburg, and three feature films. He then achieved international success with the drama THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007) for which he won the prize for Best Screenplay at the Festival de Cannes. The film also received the European Film Award and the German Film Award. For his following film, SOUL KITCHEN (2009), he was honored with the Special Prize of the Jury at the Venice Film Festival. With his production company corazón international, founded in 2004, he has produced several films alongside his own productions, including the internationally successful films CHIKO, TAKVA and MIN DÎT. Fatih Akin has been directing his films exclusively for bombero international since 2012. A selection of his films includes: SHORT SHARP SHOCK (1998), IN JULY (2000), HEAD-ON (2004), CROSSING THE BRIDGE – THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL (2006), THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007), NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (episode, 2008), SOUL KITCHEN (2009), POLLUTING PARADISE (2012), THE CUT (2014), and IN THE FADE (2017).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Fatih Akin
Screenplay Ruth Toma
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Andrew Bird
Cast Tiziana Lodato, Vincent Schiavelli, Lucas Gregorowicz, Patrycia Ziolkowska, Antonella Attili, Gigi Savoia, Barnaby Metschurat, Moritz Bleibtreu, Hermann Lause
Producers Hejo Emons, Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel
Production Companies Wüste Film West/Cologne, Wüste Film/Hamburg, in co-production with Bavaria Film/Geiselgasteig, Studio Hamburg Serienwerft /Hamburg, in cooperation with WDR, ARTE
Length 120 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Hamburg 2002 (opening film), Gothenburg 2003, Moscow 2003, Sofia 2008 (Retrospective), Gijon 2009, Festroia 2014, Lecce 2015
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2003 for Best Screenplay & to Barnaby Metschurat for Best Newcomer Actor
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA
German Distributor X Verleih/Berlin

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