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The Game

The Game

Das Spiel
Roman Hodel
Switzerland
2020
17 min
n.a.
School Program
Synopsis

A soccer referee needs to be everywhere, see everything, and stay on the ball for the full 90 minutes. Every decision comes under close scrutiny—from commentators, from players contesting each whistle blow as if it were an unforgivable injustice, and from that multi-headed monster: the crowd. And besides dealing with the constant, intense pressure, you’ve got to be able to cover around 7 miles over the course of the match.

The Game follows a top-tier Swiss match through the eyes of world-class ref Fedayi San. The ball doesn’t appear onscreen even once. All the more time, then, for the doubts about violations, the impact of chanting fans, nervous discussions with the video assistant, stewards getting instructions on how to deal with fireworks, the childish behavior of divas who need to be corrected in a variety of languages, and a brief discussion with the linesmen at half-time. A soccer match like you’ve never seen before.

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Credits
17 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Turkish, German, English, Italian
Director
    Roman Hodel
    Roman Hodel
Production
    Franziska Sonder for Ensemble Film Gmbh
    Franziska Sonder for Ensemble Film Gmbh
Cinematography
    Lukas Gut
    Lukas Gut
Editing
    Rolf Hellat,
    Roman Hodel
    Rolf Hellat,
    Roman Hodel
Sound
    Oscar van Hoogevest
    Oscar van Hoogevest
Sound Design
    Oscar van Hoogevest
    Oscar van Hoogevest
Screenplay
    Roman Hodel
    Roman Hodel
Involved TV Channel
    SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
    SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Screening copy
    Ensemble Film Gmbh
    Ensemble Film Gmbh
World Sales
    Ouat Media
    Ouat Media
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Square Eyes
    Square Eyes
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