Stay up to date on the latest Tribeca news and special offers with our newsletter. Sign up now.
Alì Blue Eyes

World Narrative Competition

International Premiere

Italy | 100 MINUTES | Italian | English subtitles


Drama, Relationships
Claudio Giovannesi’s first dramatic feature is an engrossing coming-of-age story following one week in the life of sixteen-year-old troublemaker Nader, an immigrant teenager who stops at nothing to fit in to Italian youth culture despite his family’s insistence that he respect his Egyptian and Muslim roots. He gets into fights, does drugs, steals and pursues an Italian girlfriend against his mother’s threats to disown him. It is a wonderfully non-judgmental study of a young man caught between conflicting states—Arab and Italian, childhood and adulthood, right and wrong—and the lesson he learns. The performances from the non-professional cast, most of whom are playing close versions of themselves, contribute to the work as being a stunning example of Italian Neorealism. Giovannesi won a special jury prize at the Rome Film Festival for this film.

—Dan Hunt


Directed by Claudio Giovannesi

CLAUDIO GIOVANNESI was born in Rome in 1978 and graduated from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in 2005. His first feature, La casa sulle nuvole, received a special jury prize at the 2009 Brussels Film Festival. His next film, Fratelli d'Italia, was 2010 finalist for the Nastri d’Argento for best documentary.
Claudio Giovannesi
Claudio Giovannesi, Filippo Gravino
Fabrizio Mosca
Giuseppe Trepiccione
Director of Photography
Daniele Ciprì
Claudio Giovannesi, Andrea Moscianese
Rai Cinema
Nader Sarhan, Stefano Rabatti, Brigitte Apruzzesi, Marian Valenti Adrian, Cesare Hosny Sarhan, Fatima Mouhaseb
Daniele Ciprì


International Sales Contact
Jef Nuyts
Rome, 00197
Phone: +39 06 807 6157
Press Contact
Claudia Tomassini
Claudia Tomassini & Associates
Berlin, 10405
Phone: 304 434 0606
US Sales Contact
Jef Nuyts
Rome, 00197
Phone: +39 06 807 6157
Print Source
Manuela Mazzone Lopez
Intramovies srl
Rome, 00197
Phone: +39 06 807 7252