The Past is a Foreign Land
"Elio Germano (Her Whole Life Ahead) - the multi-talented actor and current hot hit in Italy – sizzles in this cat-and-mouse thriller, set in the brooding cityscapes of the southern Italian port of Bari.
"Giorgio (Germano) is a promising young prosecutor who meets by chance clever cardsharp Francesco (Michele Riondino, also in Fortapàsc). 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." (Italian Film Festival 2010)