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Campeones

(The Champions)

PART OF THE SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2019, PRESENTED BY THE EMBASSY OF SPAIN

One of the biggest box-office successes in Spain last year, and winner of the Goya for Best Film, Campeones is a crowd-pleasing comedy of the highest order.

English-language poster for the Spanish comedy hit CampeonesMarco (Javier Gutiérrez) is an unemployed basketball coach who runs into trouble with the law. He’s sentenced to perform community service in the form of coaching a team of people with developmental disabilities. Initially horrified at working with ‘retards’, as he calls them, Marco begins to realise that he has a lot to learn from them.

The film, featuring performances by actors with intellectual disabilities, plays with the ideas of misfits and misunderstandings in recognizable ways. But its execution is energetic and impressively slick, leaning heavily towards laughs rather than relying on maudlin drama. And perhaps even more significantly, Campeones celebrates otherness at the same time as it criticises traditional attitudes towards it.

– Jake Watt, Switch


Spanish flag, wavingPart of the 2019 Spanish Film Festival, playing four Wednesdays in October.

For details of all four films in the series, download this pdf.

 

 

 

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