LIFF19 Opening Night Reception: The Champion (Il campione) 105 mins

3242 LIFF19 Opening Night Reception: The Champion

Join us as Elio Mancini, Deputy Consul from the Consolato d'Italia a Perth introduces the 2019 Lavazza Italian Film Festival and be treated to fabulous tastes of Italy from LA SOSTA, 'the best Italian restaurant in Perth', plus some lively Italian tunes from  Cathie Travers and Danilo on accordions at 6pm before the 6.45pm screening of 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.

(Italian with English subtitles)

 “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


Tickets:  Luna Privilege Members $30 | Adult $35 
(Please note: a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket applies to online sales)

Screening Wed 2 Oct at:

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Wednesday, 2 October