About the film
Director: Leonardo D'Agostini
Actors: Stefano Accorsi, Andrea Carpenzano, Anita Caprioli, Mario SguegliAustralian premiere
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.
“A canny production which delivers a moral lesson.” - CINEUROPA
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
Italian with English subtitles