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27/08/2013 h 21:00Perla
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29/08/2013 h 21:00Arena di Campo San Polo

30/08/2013 h 21:30Excelsior, Mestre
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by Paolo Zucca
Pre-opening event - Special Screening
World Premiere, First feature
Italy, Argentina, 2013
, 96', HD Pro Res, b/w

screenplay Paolo Zucca, Barbara Alberti
cinematography Patrizio Patrizi
editing Sarah Mc Teigue, with the collaboration of Walter Fasano
music Andrea Guerra
sound Piero Fancellu
art direction Pietro Rais, Marianna Sciveres, Margarita Tambornino
costumes Stefania Grilli
cast Stefano Accorsi (Cruciani)Geppi Cucciari (Miranda)
Jacopo Cullin (Matzutzi)Alessio Di Clemente (Brai)
Marco Messeri (Candido)Grégoire Oestermann (Jean Michel)
Benito Urgu (Prospero)Franco Fais (Franco)
Quirico Manunza (Quirico)Marco Cadau (Pietro)
Andrés Gioeni (Guardalinee Cruciani)Gustavo De Filpo (Guardalinee Cruciani)
with partecipation of Francesco Pannofino (Mureno)

Amedeo Pagani
coproducers Daniel Burman, Diego Dubcovsky
productions Classic, Bd Cine
in collaboration with Rai Cinema
with the support of MiBAC - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, INCAA
Regione Autonoma della Sardegna (Assessorato della Pubblica Istruzione, Beni Culturali, Informazione, Spettacolo e Sport)
with the support of Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission
Istituto Superiore Etnografico della Sardegna
Regione Lazio - Fondo regionale per il cinema e l'audiovisivo
Programma MEDIA dell'Unione Europea

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Atletico Pabarile, the lamest team in the Sardinian third league, is humbled, as it is every year, by Montecrastu, the team led by Brai, an arrogant wheeler-dealer who is used to vexing Atletico's peons because he is the biggest landlord in the area. The homecoming of young Matzutzi, who had emigrated, thoroughly shakes up the season, and Atletico Pabarile starts winning one match after another, thanks to the prowess of its new undisputed champion. The film cuts back and forth between the story of the two teams and the rising international career of Cruciani, an ambitious referee at the highest echelons of his profession, as well as the subplot in which two cousins playing for Montecrastu are involved in a feud linked to the archaic codes of sheep breeding. Matzutzi succeeds in winning the heart of Miranda, the daughter of the blind trainer Prospero, while Cruciani gets involved in a corruption scandal which will land him the gutter: he is caught red-handed, in fact, and sentenced to be exiled to the hell of the Sardinian third league.

"Aesthetically speaking, one of the avenues I investigated for this film is blending tones and film genres. While I have mainly opted for comedy and the light touch, I've interspersed the film with darker moments, such as a few of the stages in the international referee Cruciani's descent into professional ‘hell', or the minor subplot involving the ancestral codes of sheep breeding in Sardinia. By the same token, the epic and the grotesque, the highbrow and the lowbrow all mingle in the film and switch places quite unpredictably, at times. […] I chose to film in black and white, partly to achieve the maximum degree of abstraction from reality and from the constraints of time and place, to avoid the film's being seen as an objective representation of the world of football, or a particular geographical context." [Paolo Zucca]

Paolo Zucca (b. 1972 in Sardinia, Italy), after obtaining a degree in modern literature in Florence, was admitted to the RAI School for Film and Television Script writers. He earned a degree in directing at Cinecittà's Academy of Film and Television. and his film thesis, the short Banana Rossa, was shortlisted for the Young Director Award at Cannes and the Foreign Press Golden Globes in Italy. He has directed many award-winning short films, documentaries and commercials. The Referee is based on Zucca's short film by the same title, L'Arbitro, winner of the David di Donatello prize for best short in 2009 and the Special Jury Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.

2013 L'arbitro (The Referee)
2013 Bella di notte (sm, animation)
2011 Cuore di clown (sm)
2009 L'arbitro (sm)
2007 Colibrì (sm, animation)
2007 Cabrio (sm)
2005 Banana rossa (sm)
2002 Il leone (sm)


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