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LIFF19 The Champion

Set in the glossy world of professional, millionaire footballers in Italy, The Champion wonderfully pairs the talents of versatile veteran Stefano Accorsi (The Italian Race LIFF16) with an extraordinary Andrea Carpenzano (Boys Cry LIFF18) in this story of friendship, betrayal, and learning who to trust. 

Carpenzano is Christian Ferro, a young superstar striker for Roma. Growing up in a rough area is a far cry from the millionaire lifestyle he is now living, which has attracted party-animal friends from home as well as the return of his long-lost father. Despite his $3 million annual salary, when Christian’s determination to prove to his friends that he remains rebellious lands him in trouble again, his coach gives him an ultimatum: get back in line and pass the high-school exam, or get out. Enter Valerio Fioretti (Accorsi), who is enlisted to tutor the troubled player. But Christian’s world of fame and Ferraris clashes with Valerio’s humble circumstances, bringing forth conflicts that are seemingly insurmountable. 

A beautifully balanced blend of the spectacular and the intimate, this debut production from Leonardo D'Agostini delivers a moral lesson that is both identifiable and strikingly moving.

AWARDS

WINNER: Best New Director, Nastri d’Argento Awards 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019
NOMINATED: Best Producer, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Nastri d’Argento Awards 2019
NOMINATED: Best First Feature, Italian Golden Globes 2019

REVIEWS

"Stefano Accorsi will move you with one of his best roles. " - FILM.IT

MOVIE INFORMATION

RELEASE DATE
Tuesday 17th September

DURATION
105 min

RATING
M

CAST
Stefano Accorsi, Andrea Carpenzano

GENRE
Film Festival

LANGUAGE
Italian with English subtitles

PARTICIPATING CINEMAS
Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Astor Theatre, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso

Event starts
Tuesday 17 September, 2019
Event Ends
Tuesday 17 September, 2019
Venue
Various venues
Venue Address
Various venues
Location

National, , Various venues

Website
Palace Cinemas (opens in new window)
Category
Screenings, Festivals & Programs