Vittorio DE SICA
Витторио ДЕ СИКА
Vittorio DE SICA
USSR / France / Italy, 1970, 101mn 
Colour, fiction
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 Les Fleurs du soleil


Other titles : I girasoli (original title)
Directed by : Vittorio DE SICA (Витторио ДЕ СИКА)
Writing credits : Georgi MDIVANI (Георгий МДИВАНИ)
Marcello MASTROIANNI (Марчелло МАСТРОЯННИ) ...Antonio
Other persons :
Writing credits : Tonino GUERRA, Cesare ZAVATTINI
Cast :
Sophia LOREN ... Giovanna
Galina ANDREYEVA ... Valentina, Soviet official
Anna CARENA ... Antonio's Mother
Oleg FYODOROV ... Young Russian worker (uncredited)
Produced by : Arthur COHN, Joseph E. LEVINE, Carlo PONTI
Original Music by : Henry MANCINI
Cinematography by Giuseppe ROTUNNO
Film Editing by : Adriana NOVELLI
Set Decoration by : Giantito BURCHIELLARO
Production : Mosfilm, Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Les Films Concordia
Spectators : 41,6 million spectators in the USSR
Language Italian, English, Russian
Site : IMDb

Plot synopsis
At the end of World War II, Giovanna, a war bride living near Milan refuses to accept that her husband, Antonio, missing on the Russian front, is dead. There's a flashback to their brief courtship near her hometown of Naples, his 12-day leave to marry her, ruses to keep from deployment, and the ultimate farewell. Some years after the war, still with no word from Antonio, Giovanna goes to Russia to find him, starting in the town near the winter battle when he disappeared. Armed with his photograph, what will she find?
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Commentaries and bibliography
Quand des stars étrangères jouaient dans des films soviétiques, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2021

Selected in the following festivals :
- Kyiv International Film Festival, Kiev (Ukraine), 2012
- Independant European Film Festival VOICES, Vologda (Russia), 2011