The opponent

  • 4:30–7:00 PM
  • 4 & 6 June 2023
  • Castello, Sala delle Armi

Aureliano e Simone seem to belong to different planets. They don’t speak much, their common language is fencing. With each lunge they will test their talent and loyalty.


Federico Russotto was born in Rome in 1996. In 2014 his first short film is premiered in various festivals. Next year his short documentary Frullato Flaminio won the second prize in the contest “Mamma Roma e i suoi Quartieri”. He studied directing and screenwriting in London at Ravensbourne University. In 2019 he is admitted to the directing course at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome where he is currently attending the third year. In 2021, his short The opponent received the jury special mention in Alice nella città competition.

Original Title: L’avversario
Original Language: italian
Subtitles: english
Month and Year of Production: december 2021
Color/Black and White: color
Camera: 2.35:1
Audio: Dolby 5.1
Country of Production: Italy
Duration: 18′
Director: Federico Russotto
Production: CSC FILM SCHOOL Centro sperimentale cinematografia di Roma
Producer: CSC FILM SCHOOL Centro sperimentale cinematografia di Roma
Cast: Daniele Felici, Dario Naglieri, Mario Grossi, Fabrizio Russotto
Photography: Sebastian Bonolis
Editing: Davide Michelangeli
Music / Original Soundtrack: Sergio Bachelet
Set Design: Federica Salatino
Awards: Alice nella Città – Festival del cinema di Roma – 19esima edizione, FANO International Film Festival, San Diefo Italian Film Festival – 16esima edizione, Festival Inventa un Film LENOLA – 24esima edizione, Cinelido Festival del Cinema Italiano, San Benedetto Film Fest, Matera Sport Film Festival . 12esima edizione, BCN Sports Film, I-Fest International Film Festival – Media partnership con RAI Cinema Channel, CSC e S.I.A.E., Kyito International Student Film and Video Festival, International Sport Film Festival Italy.