A gay footballer tries to navigate an unexpected love affair in Mario, a new film out of Switzerland screening this weekend at the BFI Flare London LGBTQ+ Film Festival and at the Outshine Film Festival in Miami (its North American premiere) on April 21.
Writes BFI Flare’s Brian Robinson: “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.”
The film stars Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras, Jessy Moravec.