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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.


WINNER – Rome Film Fest – Alice in the City 2020 – Best Emerging International Actor, Best Emerging Italian Actor  

NOMINEE – Rome Film Fest 2020 – Best Film  

WINNER – Göteborg Film Festival 2021 – Best Nordic Film, Best Acting 

WINNER – Lübeck Nordic Film Days 2020 – Youth Jury Prize 

WINNER – Busan International Film Festival 2020 – Best Film 


"A compelling look at the dark side of sports glory."

- Hollywood Reporter

Movie Information

Release date

Wednesday 20th October


116 min




Frida Gustavsson, Erik Enge, Alfred Enoch, Maurizio Lombardi


Ronnie Sandahl


Film Festival


Swedish and Italian with English subtitles, English

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square