ReelAbilities Boston Disabilities Film Festival - Champions /Campeones/
Directed by Javier Fesser
125 Min | Spanish | Spain | Narrative
Feature | Open Captions
Cast: Javier Gutiérrez
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Disability Representation, Friendship, Inclusion, Sports
Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Down syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Multiple Disabilities
Javier Gutiérrez stars as Marco Montes, the assistant coach for a Spanish basketball team who is ambitious, arrogant and has reached the end of his emotional tether. After publicly disgracing himself in a fight with his head coach, he drives drunk straight into the back of a police car and is sentenced to community service. To his dismay, Marco must now whip an amateur basketball team to shape. But this could prove to be his greatest challenge yet, as the team is made up of players with varying intellectual disabilities.
Featuring an endearing slew of characters easy to fall in love with, bright cinematography and lively pacing, Champions smashed the Spanish box office records and became Spain's 2019 foreign language Oscars entry with its message about the importance of trust, sympathy and breaking down prejudices.