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by Michele Placido


A criminal known as The Lebanese has a dream: to conquer the underworld of Rome. To carry out this feat without precedent he puts together a ruthless and highly organized gang. Their progress and changes in leadership (The Lebanese is followed by his cohorts Freddo and Dandy) take place over twenty-five years, from the 1970s into the '90s, and are inseparably intertwined with the dark history of modern Italy: terrorism, kidnappings and corruption at the highest levels of government. Throughout these years Police Lieutenant Scialoia sticks to the gang’s trail, trying both to bring them to justice and to win the heart of Dandy’s girlfriend Patrizia. From the novel by Giancarlo De Cataldo.

international title: Romanzo Criminale
original title: Romanzo Criminale
country: Italy
sales agent: TF1 Studio
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Michele Placido
film run: 130'
release date: IT 30/09/2005, FR 22/03/2006, BE 26/04/2006, NL 17/09/2006, GR 24/09/2006, UK 03/11/2006, HU 09/11/2006, ES 25/12/2008
screenplay: Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia, Giancarlo De Cataldo
cast: Stefano Accorsi, Kim Rossi Stuart, Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Santamaria, Riccardo Scamarcio, Anna Mouglalis
cinematography by: Luca Bigazzi
film editing: Esmeralda Calabria
art director: Paola Comencini
costumes designer: Nicoletta Taranta
music: Paolo Buonvino
producer: Riccardo Tozzi, Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini, Giovanni Stabilini
production: Cattleya, Aquarius Film Limited, Babe Films
distributor: Medusa Film, Warner Bros (FR), Icon Film Distribution (UK), Cinéart-Cinélibre (BE), A-Film Distribution (NL), Sagrera (ES)


main awards/selection

David de Donatello 2006Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Pier Francesco Favino), Best Photography (Luca Bigazzi), Best Editing (Esmeralda Calabria), Best Art Director (Paola Comencini), Best costume design (Nicoletta Taranta), Best Visual Effects (Proxima), David Giovani Award
Golden Globes 2006Revelation Actor (Riccardo Scamarcio)
EFA 2006selection
Berlinale 2006Competition (selection)

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