Based on the real-life story of 16-year-old Swedish soccer wunderkind Martin Bengtsson, TIGERS is a rare and refreshing entry into the sports movie genre. Rather than follow the well-worn narrative trajectory of struggle followed by success, the picture looks instead at the considerable cost of excellence. Following a year in the life of a teenager whose dream is realised when he is bought by an Italian club, but who quickly realises that having a hefty price tag doesn’t necessarily improve his own self-worth, the film tackles head on the taboo subject of mental health issues in professional football. A propulsive account of vulnerable young men flung into a world in which failure is a fate worse than death. (Wendy Ide, Screen Daily)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Tigers (2020) - Svenskjävel (Underdog, 2014) - Mirakel utmed riksväg 43 (The Route 43 Miracle, 2012, short) - Lyckliga Jävel (Lucky Bastard, 2010, short)
YAAAS! Competition 2021
Ronnie Sandahl
Sweden / Italy / Denmark 2020
116 minutes
Swedish / English / Italian
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Ronnie Sandahl
Cinematography Marek Septimus Wieser
Editing Åsa Mossberg
Sound/Sounddesign Hans Møller
Music Jonas Colstrup
With Erik Enge, Alfred Enoch, Frida Gustavsson, Maurizio Lombardi, Lino Musella, Alberto Basaluzzo
Producer(s) Piodor Gustafsson, Lucia Nicolai, Marcello Paolillo, Birgitte Skov
Black Spark Film & TV, Art of Panic, SF Studios, SVT, Rai Cinema, Bahra Film, TapelessFilm Service, 9.99 Films
World Sales
Wild Bunch International
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Rome International Film Festival 2020