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Original language title: Stranizza d'amuri
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It’s summer in 1980s Sicily and life spills outside for swimming, Vespa rides, outdoor family dinners and crowding around analogue TVs for raucous football celebrations.

Shy, handsome Gianni works as a car mechanic at the local garage but is mercilessly taunted by the machismo-filled townsmen for being gay. But under the sweaty veneer of another hot summer, simmers the dark reality of conservative society. When Gianni’s world collides with carefree Nino, their lives change forever. Inspired by the true story of a love that blossomed over the course of that fateful summer, Fireworks offers an intimate exploration of family and intolerance.

Content warning: contains depictions of homophobia, homophobic violence and attempted sexual assault.

Sydney Premiere

2023 Madrid International LGBT Film Festival – Winner Audience Award

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About Fireworks
  • Community

    Gay Men
  • Director

    Giuseppe Fiorello
  • Writer

    Giuseppe Fiorello, Carlo Salsa, Andrea Cedrola, Josella Porto
  • Cast

    Gabriele Pizzurro Samuele Segreto Simona Malato Fabrizia Sacchi
  • Producer

    Eleonora Pratelli Riccardo Di Pasquale
  • Company Credits

    Courtesy of: Matchbox Films
  • Program Strand

    Narrative Feature
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