Sunflower (Italian: I girasoli) is a Italian drama film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It was the first western movie to be filmed in the USSR. Some scenes were filmed near Moscow, while others near Poltava, a regional center in Ukraine. Contents. [hide]. 1 Plot; 2 Cast; 3 Awards; 4 External links. Plot. "A woman born for. Drama · An Italian woman conducts a desperate search for her husband, a soldier considered missing in action in Russia - like fifty thousand others during WWII. I girasoli () on IMDb /10 .. Trivia. According to the 'Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide', this was the first Italian film to be filmed mostly in Poltava, Ukraine. 25 Jan De Sica certainly has much better films out there in his earlier work and even other collaborations with the same here, but while no Umberto D. () or Bicycle Thieves (), there is still some of the master's finesse here and enough heart to keep the film moving along and holding dramatic weight. More.