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by Denis Rabaglia


75-year-old Giuseppe De Metrio has spent 30 years in Geneva, as foreign worker for the Broyer company. Upon retirement, he returned to Puglia, Italy, where his family had continued to live. His only grandchild, 7-year-old Carla, is blind. The whole family looks forward hopefully to the day when Carla’s sight can be restored by means of a cornea transplantation. After a heart attack, Giuseppe decides to wait no longer and returns to Switzerland to ask his former boss Mr. Broyer for the money necessary for the operation, as an old promise binds the two men. Intended as a 48-hour trip, Giuseppe and Carla’s visit in Switzerland becomes a journey that both grandfather and granddaughter never dreamt of…

original title: Azzurro
country: Switzerland, Italy, France
sales agent: Telepool
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Denis Rabaglia
film run: 83'
release date: CH 25/10/2000, DE 02/08/2001, IT 25/10/2001
screenplay: Denis Rabaglia, Luca de Benedittis, Antoine Jaccoud
cast: Paolo Villaggio, Francesca Pipoli, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antonio Petrocelli, Jean-Luc Bideau, Renato Scarpa, Soraya Gomaa, Tom Novembre
cinematography by: Dominique Grosz
film editing: Claudio Di Mauro
art director: Fabrizio Nicora
costumes designer: Eva Coen
music: Louis Crelier
producer: Edi Hubschmid, Chris Bolzli, Elisabetta Riga, Gherardo Pagliei
production: C-Films, Alhena Films, Gam Film, Tecnovisual, Machinassou, Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lingua Italiana
distributor: Frenetic Films, Lares Video (IT), Delphi Filmverleih (DE)
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