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Golden Globes, Italy, Hollywood Film Festival, Los Angeles Independent Film Awards, Atlanta ShortsFest, BCN Sports Film - Barcelona International FICTS Festival, UK Gold Movie Awards, Berlin Interfilm Festival, Largo Film Awards, Roma Creative Contest, GOLD ELEPHANT WORLD, Festival Catania European Cinema, Alessandria Film Festival, Corti da Sogno Antonio Ricci, Formia Film Festival, Varco International Film Festival, Civitanova Film Festival, Corti Da Sogni Antonio Ricci - International Short Film Festival, Cortolovere, Figari Film Fest, Il Varco International Short Film Festival, Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, Molise Cinema, Sedicicorto International Film Festival, Sulmonacinema Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Visioni Italiane, Voghera Film Festival

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Director's statement

I hope the audience walks away with a sense of awkward catharsis. I tried to embody this emotion cinematographically. I hope the audience reflects on the word ‘humanity’ once that discomfort has passed and also ‘survival’. Cinema has the power to touch us most profoundly, and it’s our responsibility, as filmmakers, to do this in the right way.

Reviews

The cast of Penalty includes real refugees who were not initially actors by profession, yet deliver genuine and powerful performances. The film has won many awards including the Italian Golden Globe.

Huffington Post

There is a reason to why I am also holding back from revealing more information. As the films final message should not be spoiled. It’s a puzzle you’ll have to put together and think about on your own.

Verge Magazine

This story is fictional, perhaps; but it is not impossible. There is more than one kind of game played where humanity gets starved… but no matter the game, the penalty might just be the the same for all.

View of the Arts

This is a cleverly put together film, especially for its 15 minute runtime, with a well thought through plot and even though I had noticed the set ups to the twists before they happened, the realisation that your guess is actually close is still pretty shocking.

The DreamCage

Penalty is a global story with the filmmakers managing to condense that narrative to a few men in a terrifying predicament.

ThatMomentIn

It's amazing that in just 15 minutes you can feel like a movie is so complete. There are movies that are two to three hours long that don't do that.

Reel Reviews Over Brews

This is a stunning piece of cinematography and editing that keeps you hooked during the football match segment. As the match progresses, you realise that there is something not quite right with the match.

Phase 9 Entertainment

Penalty is a film with very little dialogue, but it doesnt need it. The emotions and feelings can be seen through the faces and eyes of those being forced to play this game. This is a powerful film that will make you stop and think about how much life is worth, and I think that the director has accomplished his goal of making the viewer think about the human condition and what people will do for a chance at survival.

IPS News

When a guy injures himself during the game and you hear the cry out for penalty, you think you have it all figured out. But, you couldn’t be any more wrong. Because the truth is, you’ve been played… What follows is a gripping, discomforting even, a screenplay that makes you realize that the stakes are much higher than a goal!

Indie Shorts Mag

Penalty is a beautiful piece of short storytelling that will appeal to fans of both soccer and cinema. Yet in the end, it is less about the sport the world loves and more about the innate human desire for survival.

Film Inquiry

It makes a brief burst of a point, using the soccer match to ironically and metaphorically illuminate the thin line between life and death for these people, and then it leaves us on a somber note.

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