Best Short “MigrArti” – 75° Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia 2018, Special Jury Mention – Fano International Film Festival 2018, Best Short – Zerotrenta Film Festival 2018, Best Short – Settimo Short Film Festival 2018


November 2017: the Italian national football team does not qualify for the 2018 world championship. There are people who can’t live without having their national team to support; they hang around in the squares, feeling useless and purposeless. In the deep South of Italy, a group of them do not give up and decide to set up a parallel world championship to be played right in their hometown square. Italy will compete against other national teams made by immigrants. But some of them were born and raised in Italy and they feel Italian 100%. So, what? There’s only one solution: two Italian teams will play against each other. And we will see who wins.

Vito Palmieri was born in Bitonto (Bari) the 1st of October 1978. In 1998 he moved to Bologna to study Cinema at the University of Bologna where he graduated in Filmology in 2004. In 2006, he was acknowledged with more than 50 awards from critics and audiences for his short film Tana libera tutti (Everyone saved, 2006), only played by children. This short film was funded by the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture and was nominated for the David di Donatello.
In November 2012 Vito directed Matilde, a short film produced by Agfa (Association of Parents of deaf children), presented in Berlinale 2013, at the section Generation Kplus. At TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) at the section Kids, Matilde has won the best live-action short film award, given by the adult jury. The actors of this short movie are all deaf and Matilde, the protagonist, is a child looking for a solution to live her life with serenity. In 2018, he shot the short film “The word cup in the square”.

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