This is the tale of an extraordinary priest, one who united the experience of God with that of an ordinary man. Born in San Colombano al Lambro, near Milan, in 1902 to a poverty stricken family, Don Carlo Gnocchi was ordained a Priest by 1925. After working with children in the parochial town of San Pietro in Sala, he was assigned to the Gonzaga Institute, Milan, as Spiritual Director. Then in 1941 he left Italy to fight on the Greek front as Military Commander, and a year later, battled against the Russian troops. But in January 1943 he was part of the tragic Alpine retreat at Tridente, and as one of the few survivors, it was here that Don Gnocchi experienced something that would change his
life forever. Upon his return to Italy, he joined the resistance movement and began to breathe life into the dream that he had had back in Russia: to give himself completely to works of charity. He soon became the Director of the Institute for Invalids in Arosio, and went on to found the Federation for Mutilated Children. Finally in 1952, he began the Juvenile Foundation, today known as the Don Carlo Gnocchi - ONLUS Foundation, an organization born of great intelligence, through hard work and loving devotion. But the end came when Don Gnocchi was a mere 54 years old; a consequence of his donation to two young blind boys of his own corneas, an act that would mark the era of organ transplantation in Italy. His grandiose funeral in 1956 was commemorated by the then Archbishop Montini at the Milan Cathedral. Don Gnocchi was consecrated to be remembered forever as the Father for all mutilated children, and as the pioneer of modern rehabilitation, not only in Italy. Today Don Gnocchi's Foundation is divided into 20 specialist centers, for all types of rehabilitation, from the elderly unable to care for themselves, to the terminally ill, with a total of 2766 beds for permanent and day care. This Foundation is one of the largest organizations in the world, never ceasing to find a cure to the worst imaginable kinds of suffering.

Director
Cinzia Th. Torrini
Story
Simone De Rita. Liberamente ispirata all'opera "Don Carlo Gnocchi" di Giorgio Rumi e Edoardo Bressan.
Screenplay
Simone De Rita
Director of photography
Alessandro Pesci (D.o.p.); Claudio Di Stefano (video assist); Ezio Gamba (Focus puller).
Film Editor
Anna Rosa Napoli
Set Design
Giada Calabria
Costume Design
Claudio Cordaro (Costumista). Stefania Giordano (assistente ai costumi).
Original Music
Guido e Maurizio De Angelis
Sound
Alberto Amato
Operator
Gianluca Fava (assistente operatore)
Special Effects
Salvo Severino
Assistant Director
Francesco Perri (secondo aiuto regia)
Casting
Franco Alberto Cucchini, Victor Bojinov
Altri credits
Andrea Angioli e R.T.I. Cecilia Ferrari (Delegati alla produzione); Miriam Bertaina (location manager); Tina Fabiana Improta (aiuto segretario di produzione); Daniele Morini (segretario di produzione) Francesco Massafra (aiuto attrezzista);Andrea Migliaccio (Pittore di scena e Attrezzista di scena); Federico Pozzan (attrezzista macchinista). Raffaella Alpignano (parrucchiera). Alberto Acquarelli (autista personale di Daniele Liotti); Franco Maletta (autista). Federico Mazzi (reparto regia).
Cast and characters
Daniele Liotti (Don Gnocchi), Giulio Pampiglione (Matteo), Francesco Martin (Francesco), Alexandra Dinu (Sara), Pietro Taricone (Margherito), Matteo Ripaldi, Luisa Maneri (Rebecca), Lucio Zagaria (Sartorelli), Luciano Roffi (Generale Lancia), Roberto Citran, Mattia Sbragia (Baldacci), Ugo Pagliai (Cardinale Schuster), Rossella Gardini (Nella B. Cosulich), Philippe Leroy (Papa Pio XII), Serena Michelotti (Suor Amelia), Ralph Palka (Montini), Yosif Shamli (Mocchi), Francesco Stella (Partigiano "Aquila"), Giuseppe Sulfaro (Luigi), Valeri Yordanov (Ballerini)
Production Director
Remo Chiappa
Organizzatore generale
T. David Pash
Executive production
Guido & Maurizio De Angelis per la De Angelis Group
Producer
Guido e Maurizio De Angelis, Marco Videtta
Co-producer
Gianfranco Pierantoni.Together Production International (TPI) S.r.l.
Production
Nimar Studios Ltd.
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte
Distribution
Mediaset
Collaborazione alla sceneggiatura
Roberta Colombo
Assistente di produzione
Festival - markets - events

Prima Tv: Canale 5, lunedì 29 novembre 2004