This is not cricket

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This is not cricket

This is not cricket

original title:

This is not cricket

directed by:



MIR Cinematografica, Rai Cinema, Cinétévé, France Televisions, with the support of CNC





film run:





Ready (04/11/2019)

festivals & awards:

  • Rome Film Fest 2019: Alice nella città - Panorama Italia
  • Cinema al MAXXI - Extra Doc to School 2020
  • DocuMed - Cinéma Documentaire Méditerranéen en Tunisie
  • Molisecinema Film Festival 2020: Frontiere – Premio del Pubblico Miglior documentario
  • Festival cinema africano, Asia e America Latina 2021: Concorso EXTR’A
  • Lift-off New York 2021: Competition

In Rome’s most multiethnic neighborhood, Fernando – a young man brought up by his aunt, a housemaid who's nostalgic for a neo-fascist party from her youth – and Shince – his best friend, a real Roman from an Indian family – fight for the survival of the Piazza Vittorio Cricket Club. From the time they first met as little boys, the camera follows them grow up. After their first games in their neighborhood’s parks, and after the international under-18 tournaments, their team falls apart and they make heroic efforts to put it back together. On and off the field, mingling laughter and despair, nights out drinking and rude awakenings, the two twenty-year-olds struggle to make way in a city that has no room for them. Sometimes attractive, sometimes repulsive, the reality that surrounds them doesn’t give them much of a foothold to pursue their dream: becoming stars in the world of cricket. They fight to keep their friendship alive while coming of age in a world that has always less to offer.