The Champion of the World

Uruguay / 2019 / documentary / 78' / Documentary Film Competition

Today, he keeps socks in sports nutrition packaging. He can hardly make ends meet, sometimes he plays the piano, but taking care of his teenage son has become the essence of his life. He is a former bodybuilding champion – a man in crisis torn between his adventurous past and unsure future. He has been left with a serious kidney disease after his sports career, but Antonio Osta has not said his last word yet. The authors of the film capture a complex relationship between the father and the son asking valid questions about the meaning of masculinity and strength.

directed by
Federico BorgiaQ&A guest

Uruguayan filmmaker. Together with Guillermo Madeiro, he directed two feature films: “Clever” (2015), world premiered in Busan Film Festival and subsequently screened in more than 30 festivals worldwide, including Chicago International, Warsaw, Stockholm and Havanna, winning over 20 awards. Their second feature “The Champion of the World” (2019) premiered at Doc Montevideo, was considered the Best National Documentary by the Uruguayan Film Critics Association and selected by the Black Movie Film Festival (Geneva), 60th Krakow Film Festival and BBC Longshots Film Festival.

Guillermo Madeiro

Uruguayan filmmaker. Together with Federico Borgia, he directed two feature films: “Clever” (2015), world premiered in Busan Film Festival and subsequently screened in more than 30 festivals worldwide, including Chicago International, Warsaw, Stockholm and Havanna, winning over 20 awards. Their second feature “The Champion of the World” (2019) premiered at Doc Montevideo, was considered Best National Documentary by the Uruguayan Film Critics Association and selected by Black Movie Film Festival (Geneva), 60th Krakow Film Festival and BBC Longshots Film Festival.

cinematography
Guillermo Fernández, Ramiro González Pampillón
script
Federico Borgia, Guillermo Madeiro
cast
Antonio Osta, Juanjo Osta
sound
Nicolás Oten, Bruno Tortorella
editing
Federico Borgia, Guillermo Madeiro, Juan Ignacio Fernández Hoppe
production
Pancho Magnou (Montelona Cine)
Photo
The Champion of the World
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