Directors are often asked if they believe that cinema can change anything in society. There are utopian filmmakers, others pessimistic and some who navigate in between. From the first group is Javier Fesser, who with his particular universe projects a better world. The difference is that Fesser is one of those who achieves what he sets out to do. In 2018 he released a film that dared to make comedy with actors and actresses with functional diversity. It did not have the support of any major network (only TVE) or a platform and it became the most viewed Spanish film of the year and a phenomenon, especially among the youngest. But the Champions thing went further. It became one of those films that does serve to change things. After its success, the ICAA modified its rules to force films that wanted help from the Ministry to have professionals with different disabilities on their technical teams.
It may be a coincidence, but the premiere of the second part of the film, Campeonex , has coincided in time with another historical change. A few days ago, Congress took the first step (with only Vox abstaining) to eliminate the word disabled from the constitution and change it to the expression “people with disabilities.” Language counts, what is said affects and marks, and Brianeitor knows that better than anyone, the revolution of this sequel that has achieved a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Goya that is still not believed; the same category that Jesús Vidal won five years ago for his first film.