The Past Is A Foreign Land
THE PAST IS A FOREIGN LAND
(Il passato è una terra straniera)

It has been Elio Germano’s year - the multi-talented actor (star of four films in this year’s festival) – sizzles in this compulsive cat-and-mouse thriller, set in the brooding cityscapes of the southern Italian port of Bari.

Giorgio (Germano) is a promising young prosecutor, who by chance meets a clever cardsharp Francesco (Michele Riondino, also in Fortapàsc) at a party. Francesco introduces him to the world of high stakes poker and engineers the cards to ensure that Giorgio is a winner. It is the beginning of a compulsion that threatens to pull Giorgio's life off the rails as he neglects his studies, embarks on a steamy affair with a married woman (Chiara Caselli) and starts to reject all the moral certainties of his family background.

Based on the bestseller by lawyer Gianrico Carofiglio, this superbly performed thriller is directed with great skill by Daniele Vicari, who maintains a tight control over the compellingly dark atmosphere throughout. Germano is matched, scene for scene, by the wonderful Riondino and it is their relationship which lifts this nimble study of temptation and self-destruction into something special.
  WINNER
L.A.R.A. AWARD
(MICHELE RIONDINO)
ROME INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL 2008



Director: Daniele Vicari

Cast: Elio Germano,
Michele Riondino, Chiara Caselli,
Valentina Lodovini, Daniela Poggi

Italian with English subtitles

2008 | 120' | 35mm