21 September 2021

Gym Class begins filming

After the critical and commercial success of his first film, My Brother Chases Dinosaurs, director Stefano Cipani returns behind the camera with Gym Class, starring Angela Finocchiaro, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Raffaella Rea, Sergio Rubini and Claudio Santamaria.

The film – based on the theatre play The Gym by Giorgio Scianna – is written by Fabio and Damiano D'Innocenzo. The technical crew includes Fabio Cianchetti as director of photography, Ivana Gargiulo as set designer, Catia Dottori as costume designer and Jacopo Quadri as editor.

The film is an Italian-Polish co-production. A Paco Cinematografica and Rai Cinema production in co-production with Agresywna Banda and in collaboration with Cinecittà SpA. The film will be shot entirely in the Studio 8 in Cinecittà.

“Stefano Cipani is a talented and original author”, producers Isabella Cocuzza and Arturo Pagliaof Paco Cinematografica have stated. “We are proud to support and accompany him, once again, in the expression of his creativity in this new and ambitious project”.

Statement by Nicola Maccanico, CEO of Cinecittà SpA

People are finally returning to the cinemas, but even in the previous months Cinecittà never stopped producing and welcoming new stories by great authors, international projects, independent films, as well as TV series and shows. Our goal, in the coming months, will be to continue to do so in a broader way and to an even greater extent. We are particularly pleased to offer our studios a young talent like Stefano Cipani and to a production company like Paco led by experienced professionals such as Arturo Paglia and Isabella Cocuzza, for a film that includes a cast of performers much loved by the public. It’s nice to welcome a project that brings together different stories and energies, and combines talent, dramaturgical research, experience and art. We want to become the creative home of these projects with the ambition to play a central role in the Italian film industry in order to bring to viewers an even richer season of visions, stories and entertainment.


The parents of three students are summoned by the principal of a small-town middle school: a crime has been committed, and their kids are responsible. But the parents struggle to accept the truth. The school’s gym is thus transformed into a makeshift courtroom, where a ferocious trial begins in a stubborn attempt to deny and cover up the truth.