Lungta Film (Andrea Calbucci, Maurizio Piazza)
Anna Foglietta, Giampiero De Concilio, Massimo De Matteo, Lorenzo Sarcinelli, Giuseppe Cirillo, Biagio Forestieri, Fabio De Caro, Alessia Quaratino, Franco Pinelli
Ciro D’Emilio, Cosimo Calamini
Antonella Di Martino
Denny De Angelis
Un giorno all’improvviso (If life gives you lemons)
Antonio is seventeen years old and has a dream: to play soccer for a big club. He lives in a small town in Campania, a part of the world where it is not always so easy to make your way. The situation is made even more complicated by the beautiful Miriam, a tender but extremely problematic mother who loves him more than anyone else in the world. Carlo, Antonio’s father, abandoned them when he was very young and Miriam is obsessed with the idea of rebuilding the family.
Luckily he has soccer and, above all, his friends: Stefano Caccialepre, the team’s centre forward, and Peppe Lambiase, the creative playmaker who is never at a loss for an answer, with a talent for idling and a nose for getting into trouble. All of a sudden life seems to present Antonio and Miriam with a real opportunity: a talent scout, Michele Astarita, is looking for promising youngsters to take to the Parma team’s Primavera and, when he sees Antonio play, it’s a real revelation. But there is a high price to pay for every dream.
When I decided to make this film, I wanted to tell a story without compromise, one that was radical and extreme. Approaching the subject of the end of adolescence through the story of the love between a son and a mother has allowed me to make everything more concrete, visible, tangible. The difficulty lay in the choice to dispense with every possible point of view apart from that of the protagonist. Antonio and consequently we too experience, believe and accept everything that happens to him (us), almost forgetting each time that when you’re on your own it’s hard to get by without taking hard knocks. Because one day, all of a sudden, life is going to turn against you.
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