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by Alessandro Angelini


Mero, a skilled shipyard worker, is a single father. His son Lorenzo, born from a relationship with an Albanian girl, is his only reason for living. The father dreams that the boy will becoming a champion boxer, to make up for his own anonymous career as an amateur in the ring. This is why he puts him through a tough training programme, teaching him day after day to throw punches and protect himself from life's low blows. The balance of this relationship is disturbed by the return of Lorenzo's mother Denisa and by the son's meeting with young Ana. Mero's trials are not over and he must face up to pain, his prejudices and the remoteness of Italy's north east.

original title: Alza la testa
country: Italy
sales agent: RAI Com
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Alessandro Angelini
film run: 86'
release date: IT 06/11/2009, BE 19/05/2010, NL 22/07/2010
screenplay: Alessandro Angelini, Angelo Carbone, Francesca Marciano
cast: Sergio Castellitto, Gabriele Campanelli, Giorgio Colangeli, Anita Kravos, Duccio Camerini, Augusto Fornari
cinematography by: Arnaldo Catinari
film editing: Massimo Fiocchi
art director: Alessandro Marrazzo
costumes designer: Daniela Ciancio
music: Luca Tozzi
producer: Donatella Botti
production: Bianca Film, RAI Cinema, Alien Produzioni
distributor: 01 Distribution, Abc Distribution, Cinemien

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