This month CinemaItaliaUK celebrates Italian tennis, with Domenico Procacci’s docufilm The Team (Una Squadra). Screening on Sunday 25 February at 5 pm at Riverside Studios, The Team follows the formidable players Paolo Bertolucci, Adriano Panatta, Tonino Zugarelli, and Corrado Barazzutti, and their captain Nicola Pietrangeli, when in 1976 they won the prestigious Davis Cup for the first time, in Santiago de Chile. Carrying the spirit of classic Italian comedy with true flair, this genius tennis documentary makes clever use of archive footage, photos, and newspaper cuttings to offer a glimpse into the clashing personalities of these five remarkable protagonists, whilst telling the broader tale of Italian and international politics of those complex years Domenico Procacci is the founder of Fandango, one of Italy’s most innovative independent production companies. He is the name behind over a hundred titles, and his past credits include Paolo Sorrentino’s The Consequences of Love, Matteo Garrone’sGomorrah, and the TV series My Brilliant Friend. A keen tennis player himself, he makes his directorial debut with this glorious docufilm, which is at once nostalgic, incredibly funny, and simply a must for both sports and non-sports fans alike.
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