2013, Colour, Belgium, World Greats


Production Team

Director : Stijn Coninx

Screenwriter : Rik D'hiet, Stijn Coninx

Cinematographer : Lou Berghmans

Editor : Philippe Ravoet

Cast : Matteo Simoni, Evelien Bosmans, Luigi Lo Cascio, Donatella Finocchiaro, Chris Van Den Durpel, Warre Borgmans, Cristian Campagna

Music : Michelino Bisceglia

Film production and Sales : Peter Bouckaert, Eyeworks NV, Frabriekstr. 43, 1930 Zaventem (Belgique), tél.: (+32-02) 711 43 54, [email protected] / Les Films du Fleuve (France) / Orisa Produzioni (Italie) Ventes/Sales: Ida Martins, Media Luna New Films UG, Cologne (Allemange), [email protected]



Italy, 1948. Young Rocco is growing up in a picturesque but poor mountain hamlet in Calabria, until one day his father Salvatore decides to seek a better future for his family. He leaves for the promised land, Belgium. There he hopes to earn a lot of money quickly by working in the coal mines, before returning to his home country. But he soon changes his mind; he sends for his family and they all move to Waterschei. Rocco becomes a immigrant overnight, with all the attendant consequences for a boy from a different land. The grey mining landscapes of Limburg, icy winters, racism, and a foreign language and culture all put a damper on his happiness. Rocco wants to be like other kids, become someone and have a purpose in life. Against his father’s wishes and better judgement he seeks an escape through music and love. Rocco follows his heart and passion to fulfill his dream. The story is based on the childhood memories of the Italian-Belgian singer, Rocco Granata.



Stijn Coninx was born in Neerpelt, Belgium in 1957. Brought up in the world of movies, thanks to a photographer father who was also a fan of Chaplin and Keaton, he followed a natural path to film directing, which he studied at HRITCS in Brussels. He graduated with Raoul Servais (1980), and continued his career with Surfing (1982), HECTOR (1987), KOKO FLANEL (1990), DAENS (1992, nominated for best foreign language Oscar), WHEN THE LIGHT COMES (1998), SEA OF SILENCE (2003), TO WALK AGAIN (2007) and SISTER SMILE (2009), several of which were shown at the MWFF.



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