“It’s a wonderful film, it made me emotional and captured the true essence of sport.” With these words, the FIGC’s Vice Extraordinary Commissioner Alessandro Costacurta described the film ‘Crazy for Football’ after it was shown to around 450 children from eight colleges in the capital at the Cinema Adriano in Rome.
The ‘Crazy for Football at School’ Initiative is run by non-profit organisation ECOS (European Culture and Sport Organization) and it takes part thanks to funding from the UEFA Foundation for Children with the support of the FIGC and communications agency Hdrà.
The documentary by Volfango De Biasi won the David di Donatello prize as the best documentary and a special mention at the Nastri d’Argent. It will also be shown in Naples, Venosa, Bari, Saronno, Milan, Turin, Sulmona and Foggia with the participation of around 5,000 students. There will also be a special prize for viral content which invites students to post their own content and give life to a contest to see who is the ‘craziest for football’ where the winners will head to Coverciano in June to meet the National Team.
“The film tells the story of someone like myself who dreamt of making it to the National Team and I was able to achieve this dream,” said Costacurta.
The documentary produced by Skydancers with Rai Cinema was made with the aim of combating prejudice against those who suffer from mental disabilities and tell the story of the Italy National 5-a-side for psychiatric patients who took part in the first World Cup in Japan. They were a group of guys with different and difficult stories behind them followed by a brave psychiatrist in Santo Rullo, a tough Coach who was always ready for a joke in Enrico Zanchini and former boxing training Vincenzo Cantatore who worked as fitness coach.