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Le Tigri

An enthralling drama about the considerable cost of excellence in a world where everything, and everyone, has a price tag, Tigers delves into the dark side of professional football in Italy.

Martin (a scalding Erik Enge) is one of the most promising football talents Sweden has ever seen. At sixteen, his lifelong dream comes true when he is bought by one of Italy’s most prestigious clubs, FC Inter Milan. As he adjusts to his new reality, Martin learns that his dream comes at a very high price in terms of sacrifice, pressure and most of all loneliness, and soon he begins to question the allure of the life he yearned for.

With a unique perspective, writer-director Ronnie Sandahl (screenwriter of Borg Vs. McEnroe) tells the true story of 16-year-old prodigy Martin Bengtsson, adapted from the player’s autobiography “In the Shadow of San Siro”.

Taking us inside the gilded cage inhabited by top tier players, Tigers is a rollercoaster ride through a cutthroat world where athletes are treated like tradable commodities.

A compelling look at the dark side of sports glory.
Hollywood Reporter
2020 | 116 min | Drama | Italy, Sweden, Denmark | Swedish and Italian with English subtitles, English
Ronnie Sandahl
Erik Enge, Maurizio Lombardi, Alfred Enoch, Frida Gustavsson
Rome Film Fest - Alice in the City 2020 - Best Emerging International Actor, Best Emerging Italian Actor
Göteborg Film Festival 2021 - Best Nordic Film, Best Acting
Lübeck Nordic Film Days 2020 - Youth Jury Prize
Busan International Film Festival 2020 - Best Film
Rome Film Fest 2020 - Best Film
Ronnie Sandahl

Director: Ronnie Sandahl

Ronnie Sandahl is a screenwriter, director, and novelist with a background in journalism. After two acclaimed short films as a writer-director, Sandahl’s feature directorial debut Underdog (2014) was honoured with a dozen prestigious awards on the festival circuit. Best known for his screenplay Borg Vs. McEnroe (2017), the opening film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, Tigers marks the second installment in Sandahl’s sports trilogy, where psychology meets the world of professional sports. 

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