Red Like the Sky

Synopsis: The film is inspired by the true story of Mirco Mencacci, one of the most gifted Italian sound editors working today, who happens to be blind. A small village in Tuscany, 1971. Mirco is a bright, lively 10-year-old, crazy about the movies - especially Westerns and adventure films. His father, an incurable idealist, is a truck driver. One day, while Mirco is playing with an old rifle, the gun accidentally goes off; the boy is shot in the head. He survives, but loses his sight. At that time, Italian law considered blind people hopelessly handicapped, and did not permit them to attend public school. Hence, young Mirco's parents are forced to shut their son up in a "special school for the blind": the David Chiossone Institute in Genoa. In the beginning Mirco does not accept his new condition. But he is feisty and determined. When he finds an old tape recorder and a few used reels and discovers that by cutting and splicing tape he can create little fairy tales made only of sounds, a brand-n
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Cristiano Bortone
Production: Orisa Produzioni
  19 wins.
96 min

what he wants to do.

Well... there's time.

The problem is not what he wants

to do, but what he's able to do.

I'm convinced that

if he gets treatment...

If Mirco can get better, he will.

The most important thing is

for you to accept what has happened.

Otherwise, you can't help him.

All right, I think we're finished.

Mirco doesn't like vegetables.

You have to coax him to eat them.

And he likes a light on,

on his night table,

because he's afraid of the dark.

Even now.

A night light won't bother

the other children,

will it?

Here you go, here's your place.


Starting today,

we have a new boy.

His name is Mirco Balleri.

I'm sure you'll make him

feel welcome right away.

And we'll give Mirco

his own little bag.

It's empty now, but every time

he does a good deed,

we'll add a kernel of corn.

When it's full,

you'll get a special prize.

We thank Thee, O Lord...

Hi, I'm Felice.

That's a name?

You kidding?

Yeah, that's my name: Felice!

Where are you from?

Pontedera, near Pisa.

In the name of the Father, the Son,

and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

What are you doing?

Nothing. I just want to know

what you look like.

Leave me alone.

Hey, up Juventus!

- Who's down there?

- It's Mirco. Who're you?

Hi, Mirco! It's Felice!

Where are you?

Up in the tree, come on up!

The gardener's ladder

is down there.

- What are you doing up here?

- Relaxing.

And hiding from the meanest

of the mean kids. His name's Valerio.

- How come?

- Because he's a bully.

Why don't you fight back?

How? The whole class

does whatever he says.

If they catch me, they'll beat me up!


what do kids do here?

Nothing special...

eat, study, sleep.

Oh, yeah! I almost forgot!

We get to go on a trip once a year,

and visit a sanctuary.

Hey, Mirco... can you see?

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Cristiano Bortone

Cristiano Bortone (born 2 July 1968) is an Italian director, screenwriter and producer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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