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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?
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, Studio Hamburg Serienwerft /Hamburg, in cooperation with WDR, ARTE
Runtime 120 min
Format 35 mm, color
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 / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA
German Distributor X Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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