Acqua Fuori Dal Ring

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Acqua Fuori Dal Ring
Ring of Water (Acqua Fuori Dal Ring) Movie Poster.jpg
Directed by Joel Stangle
Produced by Angelo di Guardia
Sami Ibrahim
Neena Litton
Joel Stangle
Written by Joel Stangle
Esther Stangle
Starring Enrico Toscano
Maria Benkhalouk
Faraone Ahmed
Elisa Pennisi
Music by Simona di Gregorio
Cinematography Clint Litton
Edited by Joel Stangle
Distributed by Striped Entertainment
Release date
  • November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14) (Rome)
Running time
113 minutes
Country Italy
Language Sicilian, Tunisian Arabic

Acqua Fuori Dal Ring (English: Ring of Water] is 2012 Italian film written and directed by Joel Stangle, and co-written by Esther Stangle in Arabic and Italian. The film uses a largely Cinéma vérité style, and the director employed non-professional actors and an improvised script, shooting in Catania, Sicily. The film parallels the lives of two boxers living in Catania, one a Sicilian native, and the other a Tunisian migrant.


Stangle developed the concept in wanting to tell a story of migration in Italy and had an attraction to characters who were boxers, finding further inspiration in researching the Roman historian, Polybius. In a 2013 interview, Stangle said:

"I was thinking about the migration situation and the cultures of the Mediterranean and for an unexplainable reason I felt boxing had something to do with it. Later in researching I was reading a two thousand year old text from a roman historian, Polybius, and he said to understand the conflict between two cultures you need to think of it as two boxers fighting in a ring. For me history is repeating, and today's issues are similar to those of the past. If two thousand years ago they used the analogy of boxing, I think it applies today as well. But, it goes back to letting the story find its way. Boxing was part of the neighborhood I was filming in, and I had an intuitive feeling it was right. "



The film was primarily shot in the Librino neighborhood of Catania in the public housing projects, with additional scenes filmed on the Black Lava Fields of Mount Etna.[2]


The film premiered at the Rome Film Festival in November 2012, screened at the Taormina Film Fest in June, 2013 and at the Denver Film Festival in November, 2013.[3][4] It was nominated for the Prospettive Award at the Rome Film Festival.[5]


Covering the film's screening at Taormina Film Fest in June, 2013, Oliver C. Speck, Film International noted it as one of the best films of the festival, with skillful cinematography and nuanced directing. Speck added that the film's striking visuals add to the its haunting beauty, "reminiscent of the heyday of Italian neorealism."[6] Reviewing during the Rome Film Festival, Giorgio Sgarbi in, wrote: "the cinematography is raw and poignant... a beautiful and engaging soundtrack, with the merit of bringing the public closer to the traditional music of Sicily, which includes all the various sounds of peoples and cultures that have set foot on the island."[7]

On Yahoo! Cinema Italia published: "Acqua fuori dal Ring confirms boxing as the most cinematographic sport there is, as well as the talent of this young American-born director."[8]


  1. ^ Cangialosi, Jason. "Interview: Joel Stangle, Director of ‘Acqua Fuori Dal Ring’ (‘Ring of Water’)". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "the film, At A Glance" (PDF). Striped Entertainment. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Acqua fuori dal ring". Archived from the original on 10 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ring of Water (Acqua fuori dal Ring)". Denver Film Society. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Acqua fuori dal ring: Awards"., Inc. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Speck, Oliver. "he 59th Taormina Film Fest". Film International. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Sgarbi, Giorgio. "ROMA 7: ACQUA FUORI DAL RING". Cinemafrica. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Festival di Roma 2012. Joel Stangle ci riprova con ‘Acqua fuori dal ring’". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 

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