A group of patients from various mental health centres around Italy, a psychiatrist (Dr. Santo Rullo) as sports director, a former five-a-side football player (Enrico Zanchini) as coach and a world boxing champion (Vincenzo Cantalore) as fitness trainer. These are the protagonists of Crazy for Football, a documentary by Volfango De Biasi on the first Italian five-a-side team to take part in the World Cup for Psychiatric Patients in Osaka. The film shows the process, from the selection of the twelve team members to their participation in the World Cup. But also takes us on a deeper journey: the roller coaster of feelings and sensations of those suffering from a mental illness. A zigzagging path between health and insanity, which concerns all of us. This is a film, however, in which the players and not their illness are the protagonists, aiming to combat the prejudices that surround those who suffer mental illness.

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    Volfango De Biasi
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    73 minutes