Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2007
Directed by Andrei Kravchuk
Rated PG-13, 90 min. - subtitled
Underwritten by University of Utah Continuing Education
Six-year-old ragamuffin Vanya must choose between letting himself be adopted by an affluent Italian family, or running away from the children?s home run by a corrupt headmaster with the help of a greedy adoption broker, to find the mother who abandoned him. Seeing that the older children must resort to stealing or in order to survive, plucky little Vanya decides to teach himself to read in order to steal his records and his birth mother?s address. Once he finds the address, Vanya sneaks out of the orphanage and boards a commuter train headed for the city. Fearing that Vanya will make them lose a very lucrative adoption deal, the orphanage masters joins forces to find the runaway child by any means necessary. This is a heartwarming and heart-tugging saga.
Terrific! - Richard Schickel, Time Magazine
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