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GIFFONI50PLUS - 21.31 JULY 2021


Archivio Film 2019


Category: Edition 2019

Irma is only 18, but she is already a boxing champion. Her success is a remarkable achievement for a girl who grew up in one of the most violent towns in the Naples province. However, the more she succeeds in her sporting journey, the more fragile she is in her inner voyage. She spends months in training retreats far from home, under pressure. She begins to have doubts: is it worth or not to give up on her youth for her goals? Master Lucio is 78 years old, he was her first coach and the only true father figure for Irma. He knows better than others the destructive nature of expectations towards young champions. Master of life as well as a boxing teacher, from the moment he raises Irma’s arm as a sign of victory at the Olympic qualifiers, he knows that her life will never be the same.

Original Title BUTTERFLY
Category Out of competition
Section Parental Experience
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 80'
Production Year 2018
Nationality Italy
Directed by Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman
Screenplay Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman, Guido Iuculano
Director of photography Giuseppe Maio
Editor Alessandro Cassigoli, Giogiò Franchini
Sound Matteo Bendinelli
Music Giorgio Giampà
Main cast Irma Testa
Lucio Zurlo
Emanuele Renzini
Ugo Testa
Simone Ascione
Anna Cirillo
Produced by Michele Fornasero

 regista Alessandro CassigoliALESSANDRO CASSIGOLI
Director and screenwriter. He began his experience in the filmmaking world in Rome, working as an assistant director. After a few years, he moved to Berlin where he made three documentaries which earned him several awards in international festivals including Full Frame (USA) and Dok Leipzig (Germany). In the same period, he collaborated with the Franco-German television channel Arte for which he directed six documentaries. In 2015, he returned to Italy to make his first feature film "The Things We Keep", with Casey Kauffman, which won the public award at the 2018 Biografilm Festival. "Butterfly" (co-directed with Kauffman) is his second feature film.

 regista Casey KauffmanCASEY KAUFFMAN
Casey Kauffman is an American filmmaker and journalist who has worked in more than 30 countries for Al Jazeera, the World Food Programme, Sky Italia, and APTN. He received the prestigious CONCENTRA award for video journalism for a reportage made in Gaza; and the Golden Eagle Award for a documentary on Southern Sudan. After nine years spent in the Middle East, Casey returned to Italy to make his first feature film "The Things We Keep" which won the public award at the 2018 Biografilm Festival. "Butterfly" is his second feature film.



Italian distribution
Istituto Luce Cinecittà