Rocco - Boxing with my Father

Representante do Projeto: Lara Fremder

País: Switzerland & United Kingdom

Tagline: A coming of age of a champion: from the ring to the stage, a heart divided between two countries and an idol to overcome. 


The film documents the adolescence of 12-year old Rocco who moves to London with his parents from a small Italian countryside town. In this new context, he feels alienated and is bullied by his classmates. Rocco is so angry with his father that he "could punch the entire city.” It is his father, a former vice world kickboxing champion, who encourages 13-year old Rocco to train until he wins the junior world title representing England, the country from which he initially felt rejected and in which he is now forced to live. Although after the victory he manages to make new friends in London, Rocco feels the strong need to reconnect with his roots and aspires to be world champion, under the Italian flag, his lifelong dream.

Like his father nine years earlier, Rocco comes in second. This loss makes him aware of his own motivations: he actually lost purposefully because he didn’t want to beat his idol, his father. The defeat and the imminent choice of college instill in him, now in full adolescence at sixteen years old, new questions. He needs to rebel against his father and find his own way. He discovers the theatre where, from the ring to the stage, he finally finds a sense of belonging and independence from his father.


Bio do Autor

Teresa Iaropoli, director

Teresa is the co-director of the documentary Passo a Due. The film won the Alida Valli Award at the International Women's Festival in Florence, was awarded Best Italian Documentary at Molise Cinema and selected for the International Women's Festival in Rio de Janeiro and the Films Femmes Méditerranée in Marseille.

Her most recent short documentary - Solo da tre giorni - was awarded as best short film at Molise Cinema and preselected for Nastri d'Argento. Teresa also collaborated on the film Oggi insieme domani anche, selected for Nastri d'Argento and premiered at Torino Film Festival, Italia in Doc Bruxelles and São Paulo International Film Festival. After graduating in directing from the National School of Cinema, TV and New Media in Milan in 2011, Teresa began her career working as director and producer on the collective film Il Pranzo di Natale (Rome and Giffoni Film Festival) and Milano 55.1 - Cronaca di una settimana di passioni, selected for the Locarno Film Festival. Teresa was nominated as the best "Next to Be" female director for the Ideazioni workshop, sponsored by Marie Claire, OffiCine and Vitasnella in 2011.

Her most recent documentary in development called Rocco has been selected at Archidoc program 2015 which is supported by MEDIA EU funds in collaboration with La Fèmis –Paris, IDFA Amsterdam and Vision Du Réel –Nyon.