Quattro Colori is the story of the oldest tradition in Florence told through the eyes, ears, blood, sweat and tears of four Calciante. These players represent one of the four districts identified by a Church. There is no other event like this anywhere in the world. It is the earliest form of Football, Soccer and Rugby. It is brutal, bloody and primal. In June of each year a score is settled.
Most men in Florence are bigamists. Although they marry their wives, the city is their true lover.
Quattro Colori is the story of the oldest tradition in Florence told through the eyes, ears, blood, sweat and tears of four Calciante or traditional football players. These players represent one of the four districts identified by a Church and a color – red, white, blue or green. It is the earliest form of football, soccer and rugby. The game originated during Roman times and was revived in Florence during the 16th century. The modern heroes of the game are elite athletes who are prepared to accept the risk and reward in the event of a win, the glory of Florence and its people. The atmosphere in the city approaching the game is foreboding. Friends and families are divided by their loyalties, they are fearful for their loved ones facing the enemy.
About the Director
Donal Moloney is a professional commercial photographer based in Dublin. Much of his work focuses on shooting people for advertising print campaigns. His work has been displayed throughout the world, including campaigns for Coca Cola, Kellogg’s, Bank of Ireland and Vodafone. Most of his spare time is spent working on profile documentaries and personal photographic projects. He started shooting short documentaries five years ago including Martin (Winner of Belfast Film Festival, Winner Cardiff Film Festival, Winner Cosmic Angel Short Film Award 2018), Up the Mountain (shortlisted at Boston Irish Film Festival & Belfast Film Festival, Two of a Kind (Special Mention at Fastnet 2019). In recent times Donal concentrates much of his energy on feature length Documentaries.
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"The president of Calcio Storico called it the "greatest ever" documentary made about their sport following a recent screening in Florence, Italy." - Per La Tua Considerazione | Broadsheet.ie
"This stunning Irish feature length Documentary shot in Italy, tells the story of the oldest tradition in Florence through the eyes, ears, blood, sweat and the tears of four Calciante (traditional football players). Each player represents one of four districts in Florence, identified by a Church and a colour: red, white, blue and green. Over 500 years old, there is no event like this anywhere in the world. With few rules, bare knuckle boxing, wrestling, MMA, rugby, kicking, throwing and running, to put the ball in the opponent’s goal is the objective. With 27 men on each team, they battle it out for 50 minutes in traditional costume, under the scorching Tuscan sun. Quattro Colori is beautifully shot and a feast for the eyes, directed by Donal Moloney, professional commercial photographer based in Dublin." -Niall Murphy, Scannain Irish for Movies
World Premiere, Arena do Marte Cinema, Florence, 2020
Selected for the Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, Ireland, 2020
Selected for the Hollywood Independent Film Awards and Festival, 2021