The world cup in a square / Il mondiale in piazza

country, year
Italy, 2018

short feature film

running time

directed by
Vito Palmieri



about the film
The Italian national football team doesn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup. A group of friends decide to have their own »World Cup« on the main square of their town in the South of Italy. They ask people to participate representing their home countries. However, an Italian national team made by immigrants insists to be the Italian team as well. Two Italian national teams compete then in one »World Cup«. Who will be the winner?

about the author
Vito Palmieri is an Italian director born in 1978. He directed Tana Libera tutti, Matilde and The world cup in the square, awarded as the best short in »Migrarti«, within Venice International Film Festival.

festivals and awards
75° Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia (Best short »MigrArti«)
Rete Festival FEDIC
Nominee For Italian Short “NASTRI D’ARGENTO” 2019
Italian Film Festival USA 2019, USA (Audience Choice Award)
Short Shorts Film Festival 2019, Japan (Shibuya Diversity Award)
BCN Sports Film 2019, Spain (Best Fiction Film)
Leiden International Short Film Experience 2019, Netherlands (Official Selection)
Festa Do Cinema Italiano 2019, Portugal (Official Selection)
In The Palace International Short Film 2019, Bulgaria (Official Selection)
Badalona Film Festival 2019, Spain (Official Selection)
Alice nella città 2018, Italy (Leone Film Group Prize)

Al mare (2004)
Tana libera tutti (2006)
Se ci dobbiamo andare, andiamoci (2009)
Eclissi di fine stagione (2010)
Anna bello sguardo (2012)
Matilde (2012)
Il mondiale in piazza (2018)
Il valzer dello Zecchino – Viaggio in Italia a tre tempi (2011)
See you in Texas (2016)
Il giorno più bello (2016)