(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 31 – Before each match, before entering the platform, the “Butterflies” of the National Rhythmic Team close in an embrace and begin to breathe in unison.
In that circle there is a world, there are five girls who synchronize their breath, after having linked themselves with their heads and hearts for life. In the docu-film “Il volo della Farfalla” the director Lorenzo Montanari entered that magic circle, telling what he hides in 75 minutes, through the testimonies of the gymnasts themselves and the images of their daily life at the International Academy of Desio and in the competitions in around the globe. But it is not a normal newspaper or a banal backstage. The feature film, produced for the Italian Gymnastics Federation, describes the events that took place between May 2020 and August 2021, in a period of uncertainty in which the pandemic has altered the habits of the athletes and of each of us. The atmosphere is as if suspended, in a group of excellence that never stopped even during the lockdown.
The Olympic qualification won well in advance, at the Sofia World Cup in 2018, with the postponement of the ’21 Olympic Games and the renunciation of the European Championships in Kiev in ’20, has turned into a nerve-wracking wait. And in the end, at the end of the tunnel, here is the most beautiful exercise ever, expertly edited by Montanari thanks to scraps of images from different executions. It is the exercise of time that begins to flow again, the smile returns to the faces of the athletes who in Japan forge their fantasies as little girls in metal. The images of Tokyo are not seen, the noise of the cries of mothers and fathers in Italy is enough to evoke a torcida of affection, a whirlwind of emotions. “The Flight of the Butterfly”, selected at the Septimius Awards in Amsterdam and at the ARFF Iternational Festival in Barcelona, welcomes its fans with the iconic phrase of Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it!”. Aired on La7d at 11.55 pm on Wednesday 1 June and in rerun on the same channel at 10 on Sunday 5 June, a few hours before the live broadcast of the Pesaro World Cup (2.00 pm on La7) from the Vitrifrigo Arena, the docufilm will always be available on the portal page www.la7.it/figworldcup. (HANDLE).
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