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Das Spiel (The Game)

Orizzonti

Director:
Roman Hodel
Production:
Ensemble Film (Franziska Sonder), SRF Swiss National Broadcaster, Urs Augstburger
Running Time:
17’
Language:
Swiss German, German, Turkish, English, Italian
Country:
Switzerland
Main Cast:
Fedayi San
Cinematographer:
Lukas Gut, Ramón Koenigshausen
Editor:
Rolf Hellat, Roman Hodel
Sound:
Oscar Von Hoogevest, Salome Wuellner
Note:14+

synopsis

A whistle. The stands of the stadium get loud. The players protest angrily. The presenters follow the action on the field. In the middle of it, the referee. The whole stadium watches him. Now he has to decide. With the referee Fedayi San we experience the highs and lows of a football game, what it means to earn respect on the field and direct the energy of an entire stadium.

director's statement

The referee has the power to decide over yellow or red card, penalty or no penalty. His judgement can make the difference between victory and defeat. Within a heartbeat he can turn into a tragic figure forced to withhold the rage of an entire stadium. It was my intention to show the person who takes those decisions, so I took a glimpse behind the curtains of a soccer game in an informative but endearing way. By closing in on family relationships and on player-referee interactions, the film allows the audience to experience the sheer unbearable pressure of a referee while getting to know the person under the referee jersey: Fedayi San—a human being with fears and doubts.

PRODUCERS/DISTRIBUTORS

PRODUCTION: Franziska Sonder - Ensemble Film GmbH
Gasometerstrasse 9
8005 – Zuerich, Switzerland
sonder@ensemblefilm.ch
http://www.ensemblefilm.ch

WORLD SALES: Inga Diev - Ouat Media
info@ouatmedia.com
www.ouatmedia.com

PRESS OFFICE: Franziska Sonder - Ensemble Film GmbH
Gasometerstrasse 9 8005 – Zuerich, Switzerland
T: +41 79 793 32 85
sonder@ensemblefilm.ch
http://www.ensemblefilm.ch


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