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Run Time: 106 minutes
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.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 03, 2020 at 9:15 PM ET
Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 4:30 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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