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First take for Physical Education by Stefano Cipani

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- The second film by the director of My Brother Chases Dinosaurs is an Italian-Polish co-production based on a play and scripted by the D'Innocenzo brothers

First take for Physical Education by Stefano Cipani
A picture from the set of Physical Education (© Gianfilippo De Rossi)

Stefano Cipani's new film Educazione fisica (Physical Education), which has just started shooting, will be entirely shot in Cinecittà, at Teatro 8. Based on the play La palestra (The Gym) by Giorgio Scianna, the second feature by the 35-year-old filmmaker, director of the acclaimed My Brother Chases Dinosaurs [+see also:
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]
(David Giovani, European Film Academy Young Audience Award 2020), will star Angela Finocchiaro (winner of the David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress for My Brother is an Only Child [+see also:
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interview: Daniele Luchetti
interview: Riccardo Tozzi
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and Don’t Tell [+see also:
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, recently seen in Burraco fatale [+see also:
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), Giovanna Mezzogiorno (recently in The Ties [+see also:
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interview: Daniele Luchetti
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]
and The Time of Indifference [+see also:
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), Raffaella Rea, actor-director Sergio Rubini and Claudio Santamaria (seen this year in Freaks Out [+see also:
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interview: Gabriele Mainetti
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]
), with a screenplay by brothers Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo (Bad Tales [+see also:
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interview: Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo
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]
, and the recent film in competition at Venice America Latina [+see also:
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).

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The film's plot revolves around the parents of three pupils who are summoned by the headmistress of a provincial middle school: something bad has happened, for which their children are responsible. But it is hard to believe and to accept. The gym turns into an improvised courtroom, where a fierce trial begins in a stubborn attempt to deny and hide the truth.

Educazione fisica is produced by Paco Cinematografica with Rai Cinema in co-production with the Polish company Agresywna Banda, in collaboration with Cinecittà SpA. "Stefano Cipani is a talented and original author," say Paco's Isabella Cocuzza and Arturo Paglia, producers of the director's debut feature. "We are proud to support and accompany him, once again, in the expression of his creativity in this new and ambitious project".

"We are particularly pleased to host a young talent like Stefano Cipani," adds Cinecittà SpA CEO Nicola Maccanico. "It is nice to welcome a project that combines different stories and energies, that combines talent, dramaturgical research, experience, art. We want to become the creative home for these projects with the ambition of playing a central role for the Italian film industry in order to bring viewers an even richer season of visions, stories and entertainment".

The film is photographed by award-winning DoP Fabio Cianchetti (The Dreamers [+see also:
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]
, Don’t Tell, The Solitude of Prime Numbers [+see also:
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]
), the set design by Ivana Gargiulo (David di Donatello for Naples in Veils [+see also:
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]
), the costumes by Catia Dottori (Nastro d'Argento for Like Crazy [+see also:
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]
) and the editing by Jacopo Quadri (David di Donatello for Teatro di guerra, Ciak d'Oro, among others, for Fire at Sea [+see also:
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interview: Gianfranco Rosi
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]
).

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(Translated from Italian by Manuela Lazic)

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