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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
Italian Title MINEURS
Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 123'
Production Year 2007
Nationality Belgium, Italy
Directed by Fulvio Wetzl
Screenplay Fulvio Wetzl, Valeria Vaiano
Script Fulvio Wetzl, Valeria Vaiano
Director of photography Ugo Lo Pinto
Editor Antonio Siciliano
Production Design Antonio Farina
Costume Design Metella Raboni
Sound Riccardo de Felice
Music Adamo
Main cast Franco Nero (Michele Acucella)
Valeria Vaiano (Vitina Acucella)
Antonino Iuorio (sagrestano Domenico/sacristan Domenico)
Cosimo Fusco (Rocco Basile)
Ulderico Pesce (maestro Fernando/teacher Fernando)
Dré Stemans (capo miniera Dalschaert/chef of mine Dalschaert)
Produced by Fulvio Wetzl, Valeria Vaiano

mineurs regFulvio Wetzl

Born in Padua in 1953, he studied architecture, photography and acting in Rome. In 70’s he was the curator of several Roman film club of the programmes. He also made two films in super8. He then went on to organise the roadshow exhibitions Filmopera, on cinema based on famous operas and Shakescreen, on films made either about Shakespeare or his works. In 1980 he wrote a screenplay for RAI, ALL’OMBRA DEI SAVOIA, and over the next five years he made documentaries about archaeology for RAI and for Istituto Luce. In 1985 he founded the Nuova Dimensione, with which he produced his first feature film, RORRET, followed in 1992 by his second film, QUATTRO FIGLI UNICI. From 2003 to 2006 he directed the TV serial UN POSTO AL SOLE and from 2000 to 2005 taught directing at the Film School “Anna Magnani” in Prato. NON VOLTARMI LE SPALLE (2006) and MINEURS (2007) are his latest films.

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