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A story of love and heart break, on and off the pitch, for two young football players.


Dir Marcel Gisler
Prod Rudolf Santschi
Scr Marcel Gisler, Thomas Hess
With Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras, Jessy Moravec
UK Distribution Peccadillo Pictures

There’s a ripple of disquiet in the locker-room when Leon, a new striker, joins the football team. Sharing a flat with keen rival Mario sets the scene for an unexpected love affair, but the path of gay love in this macho world is not an easy one. Mario is unwilling or unable to acknowledge the implications of what is happening. But pretend girlfriends don’t fool everyone. And gossip, along with the threat of blackmail, unbalances the team’s morale. With the prospect of a professional career a strong possibility, will Mario forsake the hope of emotional satisfaction for professional gain? This heart-warming rollercoaster of a film, set on and off the pitch, offers a dynamic and realistic picture of how gay professional footballers are still seen as out of step in the 21st century.

Brian Robinson

Additional information

The introduction/Q&A will be BSL interpreted at the screening on Tue 27 March.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Marcel Gisler, Director-Screenwriter

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