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by Paolo Zucca


Atletico Pabarile, the lamest team in the Sardinian third league, is humbled, as it is every year, by Montecrastu, the team led by Brai, an arrogant wheeler-dealer who is used to vexing Atletico´s peons because he is the biggest landlord in the area. The homecoming of young Matzutzi, who had emigrated, thoroughly shakes up the season, and Atletico Pabarile starts winning one match after another, thanks to the prowess of its new undisputed champion. The film cuts back and forth between the story of the two teams and the rising international career of Cruciani, an ambitious referee at the highest echelons of his profession, as well as the subplot in which two cousins playing for Montecrastu are involved in a feud linked to the archaic codes of sheep breeding. Matzutzi succeeds in winning the heart of Miranda, the daughter of the blind trainer Prospero, while Cruciani gets involved in a corruption scandal which will land him the gutter: he is caught red-handed, in fact, and sentenced to be exiled to the hell of the Sardinian third league.

original title: L'arbitro
country: Italy
sales agent: Le Pacte
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Paolo Zucca
film run: 96'
release date: IT 12/09/2013
screenplay: Paolo Zucca, Barbara Alberti
cast: Stefano Accorsi, Geppi Cucciari, Jacopo Cullin, Alessio Di Clemente, Marco Messeri, Grégoire Oestermann, Benito Urgu, Franco Fais, Quirico Manunza, Marco Cadau
cinematography by: Patrizio Patrizi
film editing: Sarah Mc Teigue, Walter Fasano
art director: Pietro Rais, Marianna Sciveres, Margarita Tambornino
costumes designer: Stefania Grilli
music: Andrea Guerra
producer: Amedeo Pagani
co-producer: Daniel Burman, Diego Dubcovsky
production: Classic, Bd Cine, Rai Cinema
backing: MiBAC - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, INCAA Regione Autonoma della Sardegna (Assessorato della Pubblica Istruzione, Beni Culturali, Informazione, Spettacolo e Sport), Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission, Istituto Superiore Etnografico della Sardegna, Regione Lazio - Fondo regionale per il cinema e l´audiovisivo, Programma MEDIA
distributor: Lucky Red
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