DIR: Javier Fesser
Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Athenea Mata, Juan Margallo
2018 / Spain, 124 mins
Touted as a “comedic slam dunk” by The Hollywood Reporter, Spain’s exuberant 2019 foreign language Oscars entry is the ultimate feel-good film that will leave audiences grinning from ear to ear.
The assistant trainer of a professional league side, Marco, is given community service in the form of coaching a very special basketball team of people with intellectual disabilities. Surprisingly—even for Marco himself—he’ll be the one to learn a real lesson from the adventure alongside a team where a desire to live and placing importance on the things that matter are what really count.
Featuring an endearing slew of characters easy to fall in love with, bright cinematography and lively pacing, it is no surprise that Champions smashed the Spanish box office records with its heart-warming message about the importance of trust, sympathy and breaking down prejudices.
Festivals & awards winner: Best New Actor, Best Original Song, BestFilm, Goya Awards 2019