“The winning jab”, the story of Paolo Pizzo on Rai Uno | Film financed by the Sicilian Region

“La Stoccata Vincente”, the TV film directed by Nicola Campiotti which will be broadcast in prime time on Rai 1 on 24 September, was created with the contribution of the Region, through the Sicilia Film Commission. The film tells the story of the Catania fencer Paolo Pizzo, two-time world champion, who as a teenager fought and won the most important challenge of his life, fighting against a brain tumor.

The film, produced by Gloria Giorgianni for Anele Srl in collaboration with Rai Fiction, features the Sicilian actor Alessio Vassallo among the protagonists, with Flavio Insinna in the role of the Catania athlete’s father.

«The project – said the regional councilor for Entertainment Elvira Amata, during the presentation at the Rai headquarters in Viale Mazzini in Rome – underlines how sport constitutes a social tool of extraordinary importance, especially for young people. Paolo Pizzo’s wonderful tale, told in the scenographic setting of the Sicilian locations, once again enhances the policy that the Schifani government is implementing in the audiovisual sector, placing Sicily more and more often under the spotlight of the general public.”

The fencer Paolo Pizzo collaborated assiduously in the making of the film, taking care of the technical and athletic preparation of Alessio Vassallo and constantly supporting him during the filming, some of which took place between Catania, Aci Castello, Acitrezza and above all Etna, with its forest craters at two thousand meters.

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