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by Ricky Tognazzi


Diego, a Roman bureaucrat with a handicapped son, meets Walid, a rich Syrian businessman and also the father of a severely handicapped boy. The two strike up an unusual friendship: they start meeting at Turkish baths, spending lavishly and hanging out with Walid’s intriguing sister-in-law Zaira. Diego and Walid fly off to Syria to check out the parcel of land Walid’s bought for his son. Back from the trip, Diego’s relationship with his wife finds renewed passion which the grief of dealing with the son had removed; all the while Walid mysteriously disappears and is wanted for terrorism. Diego tries to track him down with the secret service hot on his trail, chased through an ambiguous and suffocating Rome - only to discover the shocking truth.

international title: The Father and the Foreigner
original title: Il padre e lo straniero
country: Italy
sales agent: Intramovies
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Ricky Tognazzi
release date: IT 18/02/2011
screenplay: Ricky Tognazzi, Simona Izzo, Graziano Diana, Dino Giarrusso
cast: Amr Waked, Kseniya Rappoport, Nadine Labaki, Alessandro Gassman, Leo Gullotta, Giorgio Gobbi, Mohamed Zouaoui, Matteo Reza Azchirvani, Lia Gotti
cinematography by: Giovanni Canevari
film editing: Carla Simoncelli
art director: Mariangela Capuano
costumes designer: Lina Nerli Taviani
music: Carlo Siliotto
producer: Grazia Volpi
production: Ager Tre, RAI Cinema
distributor: 01 Distribution
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