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Il campione (The Champion)



Il campione (The Champion)

campione posterA lieto fine - Happy ending

2021 marks the 7th consecutive year of the Italian Cultural Institute’s fruitful collaboration with the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, i.e. the cultural hub of the Liverpool City Council. A collaboration that is expressed with the organization of the screening of movies focussing on contemporary Italian productions.

This year’s movie series is called A lieto fine - Happy ending, with a clear reference to the choice of "light" feature films, not particularly challenging, which want to herald a gradual resumption of all economic and cultural activities, which have unavoidably slowed down and/or have been confined to private settings due to the Covid pandemic.

Il campione (The Champion)
(Leonardo D’Agostini, 2019, 105’)

Cast: Andrea Carpenzano, Stefano Accorsi, Ludovica Martino

Set in the glossy world of professional, millionaire footballers in Italy, The Champion wonderfully pairs the talents of versatile veteran Stefano Accorsi with an extraordinary Andrea Carpenzano 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 roughcampione interna 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. 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.

Produced by Matteo Rovere and Sydney Sibilia, D'Agostini’s debut is a beautifully balanced blend of the spectacular and the intimate, delivering a moral lesson that is both identifiable and strikingly moving.

The movie will be introduced by Dr Cristiana Palmieri.

Cristiana Palmieri is a senior executive in medical education. She is also research affiliate at the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney, where she completed her doctorate in Sociolinguistics and Adult Education. Her main research interests are motivation for language learning in multicultural and multilingual contexts. Along with numerous papers she has published “Identity Trajectories of Adult Second Language Learners: Learning Italian in Australia”. Cristiana is passionate about cinema and collaborates as film critic and movie journalist with FRED Film Radio, a web radio based in London that covers films festivals and cinema globally.

Free event. Booking essential: 

A link to watch the movie will be emailed to you once you have booked your ticket.


Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Entrance : Free