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In an indefinite time and place in history, lived - and lives - a boy with red hair and red freckly face. Everyone calls him Little Boy Red. He is so poor that working in a mine is the only way of earning his bread. One unlucky day his father dies in the mine crushed by a landslide and Little Boy Red is alone. His mother remarries and leaves to live elsewhere. Then his sister leaves with her boyfriend, too. At this point the family home is barred. Back at the mine, among the many child-workers, there is one in particular to whom Boy Red relates to better, Ranocchio (Froggy). Unfortunately, Ranocchio is not used to working in such harsh conditions and therefore falls ill. Boy Red, who has a soft centre, carries him home to his mother. Now he is completely alone and when the owner of the mine decides to send him off to work in a distant and dangerous place, he agrees immediately. He is convinced that if something should happen to him no one would notice or care for he is Little Boy Red.

Original Title ROSSO MALPELO
Category Official Competition
Section Free to Fly
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 90'
Production Year 2007
Nationality Italy
Directed by Pasquale Scimeca
Screenplay Pasquale Scimeca, Nennella Buonaiuto
Based on the book "Rosso Malpelo" (short story), from the collection of short stories "Life in the Fields" ("Vita dei campi")
by Giovanni Verga
Director of photography Duccio Cimatti
Editor Babak Karimi
Production Design Paolo Previti
Costume Design Grazia Colombini
Sound Maricetta Lombardo
Music Miriam Meghnagi
Main cast Antonio Ciurca (Rosso Malpelo/Little Boy Red)
Omar Noto (Ranocchio)
Marcello Mazzarella (Mastro Misciu/Master Misciu)
Vincenzo Albanese (Zio Mommu/Uncle Mommu)
Raffaella Esposito (Santina)
Alessandra Leanza (Annetta)
Produced by Rosa Scimeca

little boy red regPasquale Scimeca
He was born in Aliminusa, Sicily. He has a Bachelor of Arts. In 1989 he completes his first film, LA DONZELLETTA. In 1992 he directs UN SOGNO PERSO. In 1993 he partakes in the Festival of Venice with IL GIORNO DI SAN BENEDETTO and wins the golden globe. He makes quite a few documentaries among which: NELLA TANA DEL LUPO and SEMTERRA. In 1996 he shoots I BRIGANTI DI ZABÙT. In the year 2000 PLACIDO RIZZOTTO is released with which he wins many awards (Premio Fedic in Venice, Grand award (Gran Premio) in Bastia and Annecy, Grolla d’oro, Sergio Amidei award). In the year 2003 he puts his signature on GLI INDESIDERABILI, with which his gains the Sergio Leone award in Annecy. In the year 2005 he completes LA PASSIONE DI GIOSUE’ L’EBREO (Josua the Jew) which gains him the Citc Unesco Award and the Prix Enrico Fulchignoni in Venice.

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