Both a social commentary and an exciting, heart-warming adventure tale, this is one of the highest grossing foreign films in Australia in recent years, grossing over 1 million dollars, and winner of 30 international awards. 6-year-old Vanya is considered lucky in the bleak children’s home where he lives: he will be adopted by a loving Italian couple. Serene life under the Mediterranean sun awaits him, but Vanya longs to find his own mother. Teaching himself to read and stealing his personal file, he flees the orphanage and boards a commuter train heading for the city, stopping at nothing to return to where he came from. Russia’s Oscars entry. 

The Italian (2007) Trailer