Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Italian Institute of Culture - Sydney
presents A LIETO FINE | HAPPY ENDING
Join us for a wonderful evening of culture and film thanks to our partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Sydney. Each month we will feature the very best of Italian Cinema here at Casula Powerhouse. Due to the extended COVID-19 lockdowns, our October screening will be digital. You'll be able to enjoy these incredible films from the comfort of your own home. Admission is FREE but please book your ticket online.
IL CAMPIONE (The Champion)
The film will be in Italian and will have English subtitles.
It will be presented by Dr. Cristiana Palmieri, a senior executive in medical education. She is also a research affiliate at the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney. Cristiana is passionate about cinema and collaborates as a film critic and movie journalist with FRED Film Radio, a web radio based in London that covers films festivals and cinema globally.
Set in the glossy world of professional, millionaire footballers in Italy, The Champion wonderfully pairs the talents of versatile veteran Stefano Accorsi (The Italian Race LIFF16) with an extraordinary Andrea Carpenzano (Boys Cry LIFF18) 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 rough 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.