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by Fulvio Wetzl


1961. Four children in a village in Lucania. Armando is the son of a miner, Egidio of a tailor. Mario is the son of the doctor whilst Vito’s father is a sculptor. They all meet at school where their teacher Fernando teaches them ethics, critic and historical awareness. Many men from the village have already moved to Belgium to work in the coal mines. Some of them have come back affected by silicosis. Armando and Egidio will soon leave too. Armando, with his mother Vitina, goes to rejoin his father and brothers. Egidio leaves with all the family. In Belgium adults face exploitation and bad life conditions, while the children have to find a way to integrate into their new school.

original title: Mineurs
country: Italy, Belgium
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Fulvio Wetzl
screenplay: Fulvio Wetzl, Valeria Vaiano
cast: Franco Nero, Valeria Vaiano, Cosimo Fusco, Antonino Iuorio, Ulderico Pesce
cinematography by: Ugo Lo Pinto
film editing: Antonio Siciliano
art director: Antonio Farina
costumes designer: Metella Raboni
producer: Fulvio Wetzl, Valeria Vaiano
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