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Salvatore Granata (Luigi Lo Cascio), a poor ironsmith, has to leave the country for a job as a coalminer in Belgium. His 10-year-old son Rocco and his wife Ida (Donatella Finocchiaro) stay in Italy. But after one year, Salvatore, urges his family to come over. By the time Rocco arrives in Waterschei, a small mining town in Belgium, his excitement turns into grave disappointment.

The immigrants are housed in miserable barracks. He doesn’t speak the language, people are more distant, the weather is cold and… they still are poor. While his parents find security in the immigrant community, the son tries to adapt to his new surroundings. But he remains a second-class citizen. When Salvatore understands what’s going on, he tells his son that he needs a dream to hang on to. From then on Rocco starts doing what he does best: playing music.

  • Premiére at Montreal Film Festival
  • Special Event at Rome International Film Festival
  • Semenci Joven Award at Valladolid Film Festival
  • Best Film and Critic Award at Foggia Indipendent Film Festival
  • Bernard Wicki (Best Film) Award at Emedem-Norderney Film Festival
  • Prix de la Jeunesse at Cabourg Film Festival
  • 5 Ensors: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Costumes

Director: Stijn Coninx
Screenplay: Stijn Coninx, Rik D’Hiet
Cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Donatella Finocchiaro, Matteo Simoni, Evelin Bosmans, Vincent Grass
Photography: Lou Berghmans
Editing: Philippe Ravoet
Music: Michelino Bisceglia
Sound: Henri Morelle
Costume: Catherine Marchand
Art director: Hubert Pouille

Production: Eyeworks Film & Tv Drama
In co-production with: Orisa Produzioni, Les Films du Fleuve
Producer: Peter Bouckeart
Co-producers: Cristiano Bortone, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
In co-operation with: KFD, Concentra, VRT, RTBF and Rai Cinema

Supported by: Italian Ministry of Culture Affairs (Mibac), Fondazione Apulia Film Commission, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Wallimage, Fédération Walloni-Bruxelles, Media Programme

Original version: italian / flemish
Country: Italy / Belgium
Year of production: 2013
Length: 123′

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