The troubled relationship between Gianni and Nino is set in the narrow-minded and prejudicial Sicily of 1982.
A sunbaked Sicilian town in the summer of 1982 provides the vivid backdrop to this tender romantic drama about two teenagers who fall in love, but much to the disapproval of those around them.
Gianni is a handsome but shy teen who works as a car mechanic at his stepfather’s garage but is mercilessly taunted by the macho townsmen for being a homosexual. With his family life no better, Gianni withdraws into himself until one day he meets Nino, a curly-haired boy with an infectious smile. As the two become close and fall in love, the moral rumblings from their families and neighbors begin to erupt. With all against them, the boys decide to make a stand.
FIREWORKS will arrive on January 18, 2024, on DVD and VOD, digital platforms, including AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Google Play, VUDU, and more.
This must-see movie takes you on a journey that will leave you feeling a myriad of emotions, from anger to sadness, and ultimately, hope.
The film revolves around two boys, who hail from contrasting backgrounds. While one comes from a loving family, the other is burdened with a broken home. The stark contrast in their upbringings sets the stage for a compelling exploration of their lives.
As the story unfolds, we witness the challenges faced by one young boy, particularly the bullying he endured from various individuals in the village. Adding to his plight, the mother’s boyfriend fails to offer any sympathy or support, exacerbating the situation for the boy.
However, the narrative takes an unexpected turn when the other boy’s family discovers their relationship. What initially appeared to be a loving and accepting family is revealed to be far from it. This revelation adds another layer of complexity to the story, shedding light on the struggles faced by individuals who dare to love outside societal norms.
One of the remarkable aspects of this film is the chemistry between the two young actors, Samuele Segreto and Gabriele Pizzurro. Their performances are nothing short of exceptional, as they bring their characters to life with authenticity and depth. Their on-screen dynamic is captivating, drawing viewers into their world and evoking a profound sense of empathy.
Despite being in a foreign language with English subtitles, the storytelling remains incredibly powerful. The language barrier does not hinder the audience’s ability to connect with the characters or understand the nuances of the narrative.
What makes this movie even more remarkable is its basis in a true event. The events depicted in the film led to protests and, ultimately, the establishment of the first Arcigay Association in the city of Palermo, Sicily. This historical context adds a layer of authenticity and significance to the story, reminding us of the real-world impact of the events portrayed.
Don’t miss out on this must-see movie. Allow yourself to be swept away by its compelling narrative, outstanding performances, and its ability to leave a lasting impression on your heart.
Cinephobia Releasing is proud to announce the North American release of the Italian LGBTQ festival darling FIREWORKS from writer-director Giuseppe Fiorello. Based on a real-life incident that jump-started the Italian Gay Rights movement in 1981, the emotional and beautifully realized FIREWORKS will arrive on January 18, 2024, on DVD and VOD, digital platforms, including AppleTV, Amazon Prime, Google Play, VUDU, and more.
“I was attracted to Fireworks because it is more than just another “gay film” as the story is just as interested in the lives of the boy’s parents, neighbors, and friends as it is with the two young lovers”, said Ray Murray, President of Cinephobia Releasing. “It is a snapshot of a 1981 pre-gay rights Italian village.”
FIREWORKS held its North American Premiere at the Lincoln Center’s Open Roads Film Festival, and then went on to have a healthy festival life with screenings at Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival, and Reel Q – Pittsburgh’s LGBT Film Festival.
The film stars Gabriele Pizzurro, Samuele Segreto, Fabrizia Sacchi, Simona Malato, Antonio De Matteo, and Enrico Roccaforte. It is produced by Riccardo Di Pasquale, Gabriele Oricchio, and Eleonora Pratelli.