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21 November 2017

FIGHTING FISH

FIGHTING FISH (PESCI COMBATTENTI)

original title:

PESCI COMBATTENTI

cast:

Daniele Di Biasio, Giovanni Penza, Simona Noverino, Francesco Lanza, Vincenzino Santoro, Luigi Mauro, Gemma D’Ambrosio, Lello Conte, Antonio Di Masi, Maria Coppola, Salvatore Ascione, Francesco D’Angelo, Rosaria Corvo, Benito Ascione, Mariarca Notturno, Fiorella Picecchi, Anna La Rocca, Rita Iannazzone, Annamaria Torre (gli insegnanti

cinematography:

editing:

distribution:

country:

Italy

year:

2002

film run:

75'

format:

35mm - colour

sound:

Dolby stereo

release date:

28/03/2003

festival & awards:

In Barra, a suburb to the east of Naples, a group of middle-school teachers are participating in the ministerial project Chance, that focuses on young people who have fallen by the scholastic wayside, students who haven’t finished their compulsory education. These young people have dropped out of school, they have been kicked out or they have flunked out. Chance isn’t a school like all the others: there are no class tests, no oral exams, no bells, and especially, no grades.

“We didn’t want to dramatize reality, nor did we want to make it seem more pitiful, we only wanted to bear witness: these young people, despite their great hardships and misfortune, live their daily lives with unconscious courage and great irony” (A. D’Ambrosio, D. Di Biasio).