Naples and its love for soccer are the two pillars on which Ultras holds the story. It is the debut feature film by director Francesco Lettieri, author of the video clips of the mysterious singer Liberato, whose music this time accompanies the film available on the Netflix platform.
It is not just a film about Neapolitan fans, it is a feeling, an ideal that unites a group of people, explains Lettieri: “We left to tell a world where soccer was the background, while the heart was the tribe, the faith. Cheer has changed a lot since the eighties, when it was called “ultrà movement”, it was more folkloric and colorful, now it is darker and more violent. The ultras movement has been fought and repressed, today it lives a moment of great crisis, clashes are rarer, this year was a year of strikes“.
Cheering is a substitution of identity, a concept that applies to almost everyone in our soccer club, and the story of Angelo, the young boy protagonist of the story, shows its extreme side.
The scenarios that appear in the film are the same as those of photographer Martin Andersen, who with great irony portrays the world of Tottenham Hotspur fans, declaring “I wanted to get closer to the people I was photographing. It is one thing to be a soccer fan, it is another to be part of the different groups of people you are photographing”. Epic scenes follow one another, strongly expressive British faces, you can almost feel the adrenaline rush of the feeling that unites the fans, explosive and unstoppable. Martin started with a camera in his hand, capturing the atmosphere in the streets and pubs during the matches.
Director: Francesco Lettieri
Director of photography: Gianluca Palma
Writers: Peppe Fiore, Francesco Lettieri
Stars: Aniello Arena, Ciro Nacca, Antonia Truppo