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by Ascanio Petrini


One day, Pasquale decides to change his name and to be called Tony. Because despite being born in Bari in the mid 60s, he crosses the ocean with his family at 9 years of age and grows up as a real American. He becomes a taxi driver in Yuma, but he is arrested due to his “side job”: carrying illegal immigrants to the US through the Mexican border. He is therefore forced to choose: jail in Arizona or deportation to Italy. Once back in the region of Puglia, he finds himself living alone in a cave in Polignano a Mare, looking at Italy as a small, stuck country, with no opportunities and without dreams. But Tony is not willing to surrender…

international title: Tony Driver
original title: Tony Driver
country: Italy, Mexico
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Ascanio Petrini
film run: 73'
screenplay: Ascanio Petrini
cast: Pasquale Donatone
cinematography by: Mario Bucci
film editing: Benedetta Marchiori
music: Francesco Cerasi
producer: Marco Alessi, Giulia Achilli
co-producer: Helmut Dosantos, Lucia Ferrante, Ascanio Petrini
production: Dugong Films, Rabid Film, Fulgura Frango (MX)
backing: MiBAC (IT), Fondazione Apulia Film Commission (IT)
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