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Butterfly

Category |Social Issues, Sport, Women, Youth
Year | 2018
Country | Italy
Running time | 80’ & 52’
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Production | Indyca snc
Director | Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman


They call her Irma "The Butterfly" Testa, and although this talented boxer is only 18 years old, she’s already an established name in Italy. It’s 2016, and she has just become the first female Italian boxer ever to be selected for the Olympic Games. The Italian public is ecstatic—especially in Naples, her home city. It’s a remarkable outcome for a girl raised in one of the poorest, most crime-ridden neighborhoods of Naples

Irma starts training like a woman possessed, but she has worries, too. What if she’s defeated after all of this? Will it have been worth all that time and energy? Butterfly follows Irma in the run-up to the games. The more Irma succeeds though, the more fragile she becomes. After a crushing defeat at the Games in Rio, she questions whether boxing is her future.

She wants to chart her own path, but must first take a hard look at her personal life which she has avoided for so long. Now she has more time to be with her best friend, to be a big sister to her little brother, and to enjoy all those things she’s been missing for years.

But she’s still worried—how can she be sure she’s making the right choices? What starts off as a regular sports documentary develops into an intimate look at a talented young woman who’s still trying to find her way in life.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:

Alessandro Cassigoli - director Alessandro Cassigoli worked as an assistant director after finishing film school in Rome. He then moved to Berlin to focus on documentary film and was awarded at several festivals including Full Frame (USA) and Dok Leipzig (Germany). He has also directed six prime time documentaries for the French-German TV arte. In 2015 Alessandro returned to his native Italy to make his first feature length film The Things We Keep, which won the audience award at the Biografilm Festival 2018. Butterfly is his second feature film.



Casey Kauffman - director Casey Kauffman is an American journalist and filmmaker who has worked in over 30 countries for Al Jazeera, the World Food Programme, Sky Italia, and APTN. He received the Concentra video journalism award for a report filed from Gaza, and a CINE Golden Eagle for a documentary he directed in South Sudan. After 9 years in the Middle East, Casey returned to Italy to make his first feature length film The Things We Keep, which won the audience award at the Biografilm Festival 2018. Butterfly is his second feature length film.



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