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  • Globi d'Oro 2002: Special Jury Prize
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival 2002: Panorama
  • Shanghai International Film Festival 2002: Panorama
  • Giffoni Film Festival 2001: Bronze Gryphon Award, Best Actor, Best Film - Premio Cinemavvenire
  • Goldenchest Festival 2003: Best Soundtrack
  • International Tv Festival Bar - Montenegro 2003: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Photography, Best Production
  • Premio Fellini 2002: Menzione Speciale per la Regia
  • Castellinaria 2002: Castello d'Argento - 2° Miglior film
  • MedFilm Festival 2002: Premio Italia nel Cinema

Jurij is a 10 year’s old child without sight and without a childhood, a prodigy violinist. Since his mother’s death, his father Mr K., has raised him in a cult of music, closed in a room without any contact with the outside world. He is destined to become the perfect violinist, the pure executor. Jurij, therefore, is a prisoner in a sort of harmonic labyrinth, closed within a discipline, which negates any other stimuli. His dark world lives in notes and only the memories of his mother’s presence and his exceptional rapport with nature, make his world less gloomy. Progressively Jurij falls into the abyss of an autistic vacuum and his father, furious by his defeat, abandons him to his destiny like a broken toy. Fate has Jurij falls into the hands of a young psychotherapist whose intuition and steadfastness is able to open the barriers and to establish contact with Jurij. With this woman’s help Jurij begins to emerge from his state of limbo but his growth is interrupted by the reappearance of Mr. K. who take back his child, closing him once more in that dark labyrinth. Jurij appears to comply with the passivity once again imposed by his father-teacher. But he will be able to seize the moment offered by destiny and to make his own choice revealing his creative freedom and reaffirming himself in the external world. At his first public concert, organised by his father, Jurij follows his instinct, plays musical variations, which are more and more substantial and personal as the concert proceeds, enthusiastically drawing in the entire orchestra, director included. Jurij’s father, behind the curtains, is paralysed by defeat, his anger annihilates itself in impotence as he crumbles like a clay statue.