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Belgium, 2013, 118 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Coming of Age, Dance/Music, Romance
Language: Dutch English Sub-Titles

Italy, 1948. Young Rocco is growing up in impoverished Calabria. One day his father Salvatore decides to move the family to Belgium where he can earn a lot of money by working in the coal mines. Rocco becomes a migrant overnight, but he wants to fit in and make something of himself. His talent with the accordion helps a lot. Against his father’s wishes and better judgment, Rocco seeks an escape through music. This raucous story is based on the childhood memories of the beloved vocalist Rocco Granata (watch for his cameo as the generous proprietor of a musical instruments shop), and named after one of his biggest hits.

There are the usual tragic-comic interludes of a teenager finding his feet, but at the heart of the story are the love and conflicts between a father and his son. The father chose to move to Belgium, but in his mind he stayed in Italy. As for the son, he had no choice, but he discovered an artistic bridge between the two cultures.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Producer, Actor

DIRECTOR: Stijn Coninx
Producer: Peter Bouckaert
Editor: Philippe Ravoet
Screenwriter: Rik D'hiet, Stijn Coninx
Cinematographer: Lou Berghmans
Music: Michelino Bisceglia
Principal Cast: Matteo Simoni, Luigi Lo Cascio, Cristiaan Campagna, Donatella Finocchiaro, Evelien Bosmans, Chris Van Den Durpel
Filmography: Sister Smile (2009)
To Walk Again (Doc, 2007)
Sea of Silence (2003)
Daens (1992)
Koko Flanel (1990)
Hector (1987)
Print Source: Media Luna New Films

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