94 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2020
Directed byHelgi Piccinin
Produced byPhilippe Miquel - Les Vues de l'Esprit
LanguagesEnglish, French
Short descriptionThe director follows Stéphane, his autistic brother, and Audrey, his atypical friend, on a sports odyssey that takes them from Canada to Dubai to participate in the Special Olympics World Games.
Film subjects Health , Society , Sports
Regis du cinemas, general

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Champions is a documentary in which the director follows the quests of his autistic brother Stéphane and his atypical friend Audrey. Born with an intellectual difference, Stéphane and Audrey want to prove to the world that they too can win medals. They found a passion in athletics competitions at the provincial and national levels and have now set their sights on the international stage. For three intense years marked by training and two championships, we follow them until the end of their ambitious dream, that of competing at the Special Olympics World Games in Dubai. Intertwining both the sports odyssey and the human portrait, this feel-good documentary offers an immersion into a fascinating world where athletes with an “intellectual difference” are at the forefront.



Written and directed by Helgi Piccinin

Cinematography : Helgi Piccinin

Editing : Juliette Guérin

Sound Editing : Jérémie Jones

Sound Design : Benoît Dame

Sound Mix : Benoît Dame

Music : Pierre-Luc Lecours

Sound Recording : Philippe Miquel

Cast : Stéphane Piccinin, Audrey Vincent



Helgi Piccinin

Since 2005, Quebec independent filmmaker Helgi Piccinin has developed a unique and intimate approach to documentary cinema, showing a profound sensitivity to the poetry of the everyday and to the themes of identity and difference. He has created several short and medium-length films which have been widely distributed and immerse his viewers in unusual or uncharted universes. Educated in Quebec and France, he gained rich field experiences, first travelling the world and then shooting films in Quebec, Canada, and the United States. Featuring his autistic brother, his first full-length documentary, Champions, reflects an even more personal approach.





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