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April 16, 2010

2nd Kicking & Screening film fest in June


The second annual Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Festival, New York’s first soccer film festival, has unveiled its lineup.

K&S/NY 2010 kicks off with the U.S. premiere of Fifteen Minutes That Shook the World, at TriBeCa Cinemas on June 1.

This year, K&S/NY 2010 boasts growth over its 2009 New York City run, with a total of five feature films and six shorts complemented with special guests, including Simon Kuper (Soccernomics) and Ethan Zohn (Survivor, Grassroot Soccer). K&S/NY 2010 also expands its ticket offering this year with TriBeCa Cinemas playing host to the festival for the first four nights.

“We’re thrilled to have received submissions from around the world from Chile to Iceland this year,” festival co-founder and director Rachel Markus said. “Our lineup includes several narratives, offering an even wider perspective on the impact of soccer on our personal lives. As the World Cup approaches, we want to share with New Yorkers the excitement of these fascinating stories highlighting the global depth and breadth of the game.”
Founded in 2009 after a blind date between two soccer-film passionistas, Kicking & Screening celebrates the beautiful game as captured on film. Central to K&S’s social mission, a portion of the 2010 proceeds will be donated to a soccer-themed charity. This year will benefit Play31, which uses soccer to help the reconciliation process in post-conflict nations such as Sierra Leone.

Added co-founder and director Greg Lalas: “The game is simple: Kick the ball into the goal. But the ramifications of this simple game are incredible. Whether thinking about a a group of former bitter enemies, the joys of North Korea’s unlikely success at the 1966 World Cup, or the pressures of refereeing a top-flight match in Spain today, as in El Arbitro, the stories of soccer are universal and powerful. And that’s what Kicking & Screening is all about.”

The K&S/NY 2010 schedule and ticketing information:

JUNE 1: The 12th Man

Feature: Fifteen Minutes that Shook the World — directed by David Kirby. This English film is a humorous slant on the most compelling Champions League final of all time: Liverpool’s miraculous comeback from a 3-0 halftime deficit to AC Milan in 2005.

First Short: Because There Are Things You Never Forget — directed by Lucas Figueroa (Italian with subtitles). Naples, 1950. Four friends play football on a deserted street when one accidentally kicks the ball into a mean old signora’s yard. They may never play with their treasured ball again, but they will get their revenge.

Second Short: Loucos de Futebol (Beyond Soccer) — directed by Halder Gomes (Portuguese with subtitles). This short examines the Brazilians’ passion for football that proves, contrary to what some might believe, the world’s most popular sport is much more then just 22 men chasing a ball on the pitch.

JUNE 2: War and Football

Feature: Last Yugoslavian Football Team
Directed by Vuk Janic. (Serbian and Croatian with subtitles) — This poignant dissection of Yugoslavia’s upheaval in the 1990s is seen through the former nation’s “Golden Generation” of players. Tensions climax in the qualifying rounds for the 2000 Euro Championships when wartime enemies Croatia and Yugoslavia face off against each other on the soccer field for the first time.

Short: Ana’s Playground
Directed by Eric Howell — A multiple award-winner on the film-festival circuit, this suspenseful cat-and-mouse game played between a young sniper and a soccer-playing girl will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

JUNE 3: The Man in the Middle
Feature: El Arbitro (The Referee)
Directed by Justin Webster (Spanish with subtitles) — This film captures the unique and revealing perspective of a top referee—working a day job during the week—who is tasked with keeping control of a fiercely contested game between Barcelona and Espanyol.

Short: L’Arbitro (The Referee)
Directed by Paulo Zucca (Italian with subtitles) — An Italian referee demoted and exiled to the remote island of Sardinia finds out what it takes to handle a real match.

JUNE 4: The Power of the Game
Feature: Eine Andere Liga (Another League)
Directed by Buket Alakus (German with subtitles) — This powerful feature tells the story of a young football-loving Turkish woman in Germany who is diagnosed with breast cancer. With the news of her illness, all seems lost. Redemption is found through the game as she reconciles her life with her family, her confused feelings for a new coach, and her new self.

JUNE 5: To Africa, With Love
Feature: The Game of Their Lives
Directed by Daniel Gordon (English/Korean with subtitles) — A fascinating “behind-the-curtain” snapshot of the seven surviving members of the North Korean national team that upset Italy in the 1966 World Cup. With unprecedented access to North Korea and the players, this film relives one of football’s most magical moments and its aftermath.

Short: Africa 10
Directed by Jason Mercer. This is a sneak peak at an American feature set to be released this fall. From kids kicking a homemade ball in the street, to passionate fans, community activists, world leaders, aspiring young players and African soccer legends, this street-level view of Africa’s first World Cup depicts the rich—and at moments heartbreaking—story of life and football on the continent.

Tickets for NYC Kicking & Screening 2010 Festival

Tickets for K&S are on sale now. The cost is $14 per ticket for each event.

“Defender” packages, which include one full-festival pass, one Kicking & Screening t-shirt and acknowledgement on the K&S website are available for $65.

Tickets will be available only online at starting April 19.

Additional information on the films and more K&S details can be found at:

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