Pugni in faccia
Sergio Pelone, Yannick Bernard, Arnaud Borge, Anders Palm
“Dark Corner” is a long-term cinematic experiment that lasted over twenty years.
The director started filming the young protagonist, when he was his elementary school teacher and Mirco was a difficult six-year-old child growing up amid violence in the outskirts of Rome.
For years after that, the director’s camera follows Mirco as he becomes a man, desperately struggling to become a boxing champion.
Their relationship intertwines in the narration of Mirco’s personal and sporting adventures transforming the director into an invisible character of the story, who tries to help Mirco to overcome his violent and difficult background.
Mirco’s dysfunctional family, his coaches, his beautiful girlfriend Rubina and his friends from the slums, all invest him with their expectations. But it’s Mirco’s body, more scarred after each fight, that pays the price of all these expectations.
Over the years, despite street fights, drunken nights and gunshot wounds, Mirco becomes Italian Light heavyweight Champion in Rome and World Boxing Association Intercontinental Champion in Berlin. But it is not easy to escape a marked destiny.