by Fulvio Bernasconi

35mm, color, 86’, 2007

coproduction with itc movie, bianca film, SSR SRG idée suisse, RTSI-Televisione svizzera, ARTE, Rai Cinema

original version: Italian other versions: French, German

subtitles: English, French-German, Spanish

Awards: Locarno Film Festival 2007: Silver Leopard for Best Actor to Michele Venitucci, Brooklyn International Film Festival 2008: Best Cinematography, Santa Marinella Film Festival 2008: Best Film, Festival International du 1er Film d’Annonay 2009 : Best Music, Quartz 2008: Nomination for Best Swiss Feature Film. Festival Selections: Trieste Film Festival, Festival del Cinema Europeo di Lecce, Festroia (Competition), Shanghai International Film Festival, Mosca International Film Festival, MedFilm Festival Roma, Osaka European Film Festival, Tallin Black Nights, Festival International du Film d'Arras Tofifest (Torun)

The story of MIKE, a young Italian boxer from Trieste. A troubled man, like many of his peers; thirty years old and still a dreamer. Mike’s dream, shared by his sister Anna, is to become a champ in the near future. But, as often happens real life is harsh, bitter, and full of hidden dangers. Mike falls for the allure of these dangers. He starts earning a lot in illegal fistfights, but soon discovers that it’s not a world he likes. And getting out will be harder than he ever imagined.