Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Champion
(Il Campione)

Year: 2019
Country: ITALY
Language: Italian
Run Time: 106 minutes

The Champion
The Champion
The Champion
The Champion

Set in the glittering arena of world-class, ultra wealthy, Italian professional footballers, THE CHAMPION follows the tempestuous celebrity life of Christian, a gifted and charismatic lead player whose latest public controversy is causing quite a stir in the international sports press. Determined to whip his star player into shape, the stern president of the team forces Christian to work with a tutor and pass his high school exams, or he’s out of the league. Enter Valerio, a solitary academic whose private, more serious-minded disposition clashes with Christian’s childish antics. Can this unlikely duo actually work together? Written with an effortless balance of humor and pathos, this sterling debut feature strikes gold with its two perfectly cast lead actors who together form a highly watchable, unexpected cinematic pairing. Unforgettably moving, this slick and glossy sports film transcends the genre, managing to deftly explore themes of fatherhood, friendship, and betrayal. (In Italian with subtitles) — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 9:15 PM

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

International Narrative Competition


Leonardo D'Agostini

Matteo Rovere

Giulia Steigerwalt, Antonella Lattanzi, Leonardo D'Agostini

Michele Paradisi

Gianni Vezzosi

Principal Cast
Stefano Accorsi, Andrea Carpenzano, Mario Sgueglia, Ludovica Martino, Gabriel Montesi, Giorgio Ridarelli, Mariano Coletti

Film Contact

Media Partner

La Gazzetta Italiana

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