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Title: Mario
Direction: Marcel Gisler
Cast: Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras, Jessy Moravec
Production: Rudolf Santschi, Theres Scherer
Distribution: Films Boutique
Genre: Drama
Duration: Drama
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2018

Festivals: Bilbao (Thinking Football), Cannes, Chicago, Connecticut (LGBT), Ecuador (El lugar sin límites, LGBT, different cities), Ghent, Geelong (Australia, LGBT), Geneva (Everybody’s Perfect, LGBT), Hamburg, Locarno, London (Flare, LGBT), Madrid (LesGaiCineMad), Memphis (OutFlix, LGBT), Miami (OutShine, LGBT), New York (NewFest, LGBT), Rochester (ImageOut, LGBT, USA), Saint-Étienne (Face à face LGBT), San Francisco (Frameline, LGBT), Soloth (Suiza), Palma de Mallorca (Out!, LGBT), Pittsburgh (LGBT), Premios del cine suizo, Provincetown (EE.UU.), San Diego (FilmOut, LGBT), Soleurn (Switzerland), Zlín (Czech Republic), Zurich (Pink Apple, LGBT)

The changing room of a regional football team is revolutionised by the arrival of young Leon, whose cool attitude and lack of prejudice do not fit in with the idea of a team that sticks together, whatever. However, Mario is attracted to handsome Leon. Constantly together, they fall in love with a passion that goes beyond sport as they form a relationship that will have unexpected consequences.

In this honest, mature film, the director of Rosie – also showed before at FIRE!! – reflects on the issue of homophobia in elite sport and the hypocrisy of a modern, “tolerant” society that is incapable of defending its beliefs when they might threaten the survival of a mere football club.