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24 November 2017

Florence Fight Club (first feature)

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Florence Fight Club (I Calcianti)

original title:

I CALCIANTI

directed by:

costume design:

music:

Aleksey Vorobyov

producer:

Gianfranco Piccioli, Nadezhda Gorshkova

production:

Settima Luna, supported by MiBACT, Liga Production

country:

Italy/Russia

year:

2015

format:

colour

festival & awards:

Florence: in the beginning it’s all a shower of flowers, hugs and kisses. Then the game begins and that multicoloured show framed by Piazza Santa Croce, before the marvellous façade of turns into an inferno. The Florentine historical soccer semifinal is being played between the Reds and the Blues and they are beating the living daylights out of each other. Holy cow! It’s a flurry of slaps, coagulated blood, punches, snares, choking, kicks. “The ball! Where’s the ball?” someone shouts. The people in the terrace watch this spectacle, stunned; it seems to astound even the severe gaze of the great poet Dante Alighieri, whose statue dominates from the corner of the square. Everything began in that match. It wasn’t a match as in so many other sports-­‐no! We're talking about Florentine historical soccer, an ancient, spectacular, violent sport. A mixture of rugby, all-­‐in wrestling, boxing, Graeco-­‐Roman wrestling, martial arts and a few notions that found their way to modern soccer. Four stories start here, intertwining with each other, giving rise to a comedy that is bitter, comic and as spectacular as life itself.