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by Francesco Munzi


Saimir is an Albanian teenager who’s emigrated with his father to Italy. Attempting to make a new life for them both, his father transports illegal immigrants. Yet, when this fails to afford them a living, he is drawn into a more insidious prostitution ring. Saimir is forced to help his father, but a new love causes Saimir to re-evaluate his life and question the outcome of his future.

international title: Saimir
original title: Saimir (I girasoli)
country: Italy
sales agent: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Francesco Munzi
film run: 88'
release date: IT 29/04/2005, FR 10/01/2007
screenplay: Francesco Munzi, Serena Brugnolo, Dino Gentili
cast: Anna Ferruzzo, Michell Manoku, Gentvent Feri
cinematography by: Vladan Radovic
film editing: Roberto Missiroli
art director: Valentina Scalia
costumes designer: Loredana Buscemi
music: Giuliano Taviani
producer: Gianluca Arcopinto, Daniele Mazzocca, Cristiano Bortone
production: Orisa Produzioni, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (MiBAC)
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Les Films du Paradoxe (FR)

main awards/selection

Venice 2004 Horizons (selection)
Premio Luigi De Laurentis For a First feature film : Special mention
Berlinale 2005 Kinderfilmfest – 14 Plus (selection)

Grand Prix, Prix CICAE, Annecy Cinema Italien, 2005
Best orignial Score (Giuliano Taviani), Festival Premiers Plan d'Angers, 2005


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