Lamerica


1h 56m 1994

Brief Synopsis

The fall of communism has left Albania a swarming chaos of starvation and corruption--ripe for the picking by foreign swindlers. Enrico, an Italian con man, wants to set up a dummy factory with his partner, but must head the company with an Albanian. They pick Spiro, a demented 80-year-old just rele

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Distribution Company
New Yorker Films
Location
Albania

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

Synopsis

The fall of communism has left Albania a swarming chaos of starvation and corruption--ripe for the picking by foreign swindlers. Enrico, an Italian con man, wants to set up a dummy factory with his partner, but must head the company with an Albanian. They pick Spiro, a demented 80-year-old just released from 50 years of hard labor, to be the figurehead president. But when Spiro runs away into the countryside, Enrico sets after him and is gradually stripped of the chic trappings he's taken for granted back home. Finally, he's reduced to joining the thousands of Albanian refugees trying to escape to a better life in Italy.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Distribution Company
New Yorker Films
Location
Albania

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States June 14, 1996

Released in United States June 2000

Released in United States November 1994

Released in United States on Video February 17, 1998

Released in United States September 1994

Released in United States Winter December 20, 1995

Re-released in United States March 27, 1996

Shown at London Film Festival November 3-20, 1994.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 29 - October 15, 1995.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 25 - February 5, 1995.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 8-17, 1994.

Shown at Universal Studios Hitchcock International Director Series in Los Angeles (Egyptian Theater) June 23-27, 2000.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) September 1-12, 1994.

Began shooting August 9, 1993.

Completed shooting July 3, 1994.

Mario Cecchi Gori, partner in the joint venture known as Penta Film, died November 5, 1993 at the age of 73.

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 29 - October 15, 1995.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 25 - February 5, 1995.)

Released in United States on Video February 17, 1998

Re-released in United States March 27, 1996 (Film Forum; New York City)

Released in United States June 2000 (Shown at Universal Studios Hitchcock International Director Series in Los Angeles (Egyptian Theater) June 23-27, 2000.)

Released in United States June 14, 1996 (Nuart; Los Angeles)

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 8-17, 1994.)

Winner of the 1994 David di Donatello Awards for best cinematography, music, and sound.

Winner of the 1994 Nastri d'Argento Awards for best director, film, producer, and cinematographer.

Winner of the Felix Award for European Film of the Year at the 1994 European Film Awards. Director Gianni Amelio previously received the top Felix Award for both "Open Doors" (Italy/1990) and "The Stolen Children" (Italy/1992).

Winner of the Osella d'Oro for Best Director at the 1994 Venice Film Festival.

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States Winter December 20, 1995

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) September 1-12, 1994.)

Released in United States November 1994 (Shown at London Film Festival November 3-20, 1994.)