Italian Film Festival

Veloce come il vento (Italian Race)

Info: Italy, 2016, 118 mins, DCP, 19+

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Matteo Rovere

Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Matilda De Angelis, Giuseppe Gaiani


  • Monday January 8, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Based on a true story, Italian Race portrays talent and deterioration, competition and toxic love (the love between Loris and Annarella, played by Roberta Mattei) in a way that is both accurate and realistic. The scenes on the track, all of which were filmed live without the use of any special effects, are as good as those you see in big international productions. Once again, the Italian road to genre is paved with emotion and humanity, the action is supported by nuanced and fragile characters, and the driving force of the story is desperation." Vittoria Scarpa, Cineuropa

After her father dies, responsibility for a younger brother and the family’s debt-plagued auto-racing business falls on the shoulders of 17-year-old Giulia. An aspiring Gran Turismo racer, Giulia reaches out to her older brother, a once-great driver now mired in drug addiction. Based on a true story, Veloce come il vento is an inspiring sports drama with both well-drawn characters and exciting action.

The film is set in Imola, Bologna. Giulia De Martino (played by new face Matilda De Angelis), is 17-years-old, 49 kilos of nerves and dedication, and carries the weight of her family, or what’s left of it, on her shoulders. Her mother has left, and when her father dies, it is up to her to look after her little brother (Giulio Pugnaghi) who never laughs, and the family garage, which has been turning out rally champions for generations. Overwhelmed with debt, Giulia, who’s a promising racing driver herself, must win the GT championships at all costs to save the house she lives in. To do this she must put together a team, whether she likes it or not, with her brother Loris (Stefano Accorsi), a former driver who has become totally unreliable since falling into the spiral of drugs, but has an undeniable talent and instinct for cars that will help the young championess to clinch victory.