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    Directed by Javier Fesser
    Spain | 124 minutes | FLOS: Foreign Language Oscar Submissions

A hilarious and heartfelt spin on the classic underdog tale — with central roles performed by intellectually disabled actors — writer/director Javier Fesser’s film is not only Spain’s newest box office smash, but a rollicking and unforgettable reminder that none of us is truly “normal.”


January 14, 2019 10:30 AM   Tickets not available
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film synopsis

For assistant pro-basketball coach Marco (Javier Gutiérrez, The Olive Tree), life is a game that’s played hard and played to win, at any cost. Estranged from his beautiful wife Sonia (Athenea Mata), Marco’s volatile temper gets him fired from his job after a boozy night of self-pity and an arrest for drunken driving. With his life falling apart, he’s thrown an unexpected lifeline: coaching Los Amigos, a team of intellectually disabled basketball players, including neurotic meter-reader Marín (Jesús Vidal), smelly hydrophobe Juanma (José de Luna), mama’s-boy metalhead Jesús (Jesús Lago) and tough Collantes (Gloria Ramos). Marco soon realizes that his perpetually underfunded “not normal” team just might have what it takes to make it to the national championships in writer/director Javier Fesser’s hilarious and heartfelt spin on the classic underdog tale.

In competition for the CV Cine and FIPRESCI Awards.

film details

Original Language Title: CAMPEONES
Country: Spain
Year: 2018
Running Time: 124 minutes
Language: in Spanish with English subtitles (deaf-friendly)
Director: Javier Fesser
Producers: Luis Manso, Pilar Benito
Principal Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Sergio Omos, Julio Fernandez, Jesus Lago, Jose de Luna, Fran Fuente, Gloria Ramos, Alberto Nieto, Stefan Lopez, Athena Mata, Juan Margallo
Primary Company: Latido Films
Cinematographers: Chechu Graf
Editor: Javier Fesser
Music: Rafael Arnau
Screenwriter: David Marqués, Javier Fesser

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