Sunday 7th October 2018, 17:30-19:30
Film Supported by the Old Market Hall
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Length: 119 min (1hr 59 min)
Director: Marcel Gisler
Swiss German with English subtitles.
When Leon joins Mario’s football club, an immediate tension brews between them; both players are talented, driven and prepared to fight for their spot on the first team. When the pair are moved into a flat with one another, the competitive tension turns sexual. As their relationship intensifies, Mario and Leon become inseparable, yet Mario is desperate to hide their love from his teammates. As rumours of their relationship begin to circulate, the boys are forced to make a choice; their careers, or each other.
Addressing the silence surrounding homosexuality within the professional football industry, MARIO tells a forbidden story of romance between two players and shines a light on the pressures put upon footballers, managers and associates alike to keep quiet about players who identify as gay, in favour of preserving their careers.