Irma is barely 18 years old but already a world champion. She is the
first female Italian boxer to ever make it to the Olympics - a
remarkable outcome coming from one of Naples' most violent
neighborhoods and a major transit hub for the Camorra's European
drug trade.
The more Irma succeeds though, the more sacrifices she must make.
She spends months on end at training camps far from home. Her
dedication and discipline have became routine. What is she giving up
in order to reach her goal? What temptations could prevent her from
succeeding? She will soon be thrown into the spotlight, into a fame
she doesn't know.
Eighty year old Lucio is Irma's trainer - and he knows that too many
expectations can be destructive. His former boxing champion Pietro
Aurino buckled under the pressure and ended up in jail for arms
trafficking. Lucio is worried that the same pressures that ruined Pietro
could also threaten Irma.
Will Lucio be able to develop Irma the person and not just the athlete?
How will Irma deal with success, or failure? What will become of Irma
after the spotlight leaves her?

This film is about the conflict that arises when you realize you can't
have it all - when you realize in order to reach your goal you must
give things up.
Irma's story is extraordinary, but the process she is going through
resonates with all of us. The Killer and The Butterfly helps us
understand our own struggles.
Is the goal worth the sacrifice? What is the price you pay? What does
it take to be bigger than yourself, to move beyond your environment?
Do you have the courage to move forward and leave what you know
These are some of the questions at the heart of the film, but there are
other subtexts that stem from location and characters: the formation
of identity in adolescence, managing pressure, the role of a mentor
and his guilt, female participation in male dominated sports, whether
sports is an effective way out of poverty, and the culture of crime in
modern day southern Italy.
The Killer and The Butterfly is a simple story but we believe it's
scope is broad.

Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman
Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman
Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman
Director of photography
Giuseppe Maio
Film Editor
Jesper Osmund, Michele Fornasero
Original Music
Paolo Giuliani
Altri credits
Ludovico Spagnolo, Simone Paoli, Stefano Scarpitti (social media managers); Giulia Gaiato (Ufficio stampa). Davide Favargiotti (montatore del suono).
Cast and characters
Irma Testa, Lucio Zurlo
Organizzatore generale
Stefano Perlo
Executive production
Cristina Rajola
Michele Fornasero
Indyca snc (Torino)
con il sostegno della Film Commission Torino Piemonte e della Regione Piemonte (Piemonte Doc Film Fund - Fondo regionale per il documentario - sviluppo luglio 2016 e produzione dicembre 2016)
Cristina Rajola (Indyca)