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Andrea Carpenzano and Stefano Accorsi star in Il campione

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- Shooting kicks off in Rome on Leonardo D'Agostini's debut film, produced by Groenlandia with Rai Cinema

Andrea Carpenzano and Stefano Accorsi star in Il campione
Actors Andrea Carpenzano and Stefano Accorsi

Filming has begun in Rome on Il campione, the new film produced by Groenlandia (I Can Quit Whenever I Want [+see also:
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, Husband & Wife [+see also:
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) with Rai Cinema, starring Stefano Accorsi and Andrea Carpenzano. The film is Leonardo D'Agostini’s directorial debut following many years in the role of assistant director and second unit director on well-known TV fiction dramas (Rosy Abate and Solo, among the most recent).

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Carpenzano (who starred in Friends by Chance [+see also:
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last year and who was highly appreciated in Boys Cry [+see also:
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, out in Italian cinemas this Thursday) plays Christian Ferro, "the champion," a young and talented goal scorer, unruly, rich and spoiled: a true football rock star, full of genius and unruliness and a new idol, watched closely by an entire city and every member of the series A football league. Accorsi (winner of a David di Donatello award for Best Actor in 2017 for Italian Race [+see also:
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, and recently seen in Made in Italy [+see also:
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and There Is No Place Like Home [+see also:
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) plays Valerio Fioretti, a solitary and shy professor, with money problems and the shadow of his past hanging over him. One day, the professor is joined by the young goal scorer when – after yet another stunt – the club president decides that its time to give him some discipline. Sparks fly between the two to begin with, but soon they begin to create a bond that will help them both to grow and change.

Il campione's screenplay was written by the director along with Giulia Steigerwalt (Babylon Sisters [+see also:
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) and Antonella Lattanzi (2Night [+see also:
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). The film also stars Massimo Popolizio (I'm Back [+see also:
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), Anita Caprioli (Diva! [+see also:
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) and Mario Sgueglia (There is a Light [+see also:
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). Filming will last seven weeks and will take place in Rome.

(Translated from Italian)

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