6th Annual ‘Kicking + Screening’ Soccer Film Festival Begins Today

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 at 10:22 am by
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There’s been a lot of footie chatter recently. New York’s newest club “NYCFC” is on the supporter prowl; their latest mural splayed on a Canal and Broadway facade. The team has also recently unveiled the new subway token-inspired team crest at the Adidas Store on Houston. Top that all off with the fact that we’re only 64 days out from a month-long celebration of the beautiful game – the one and only (and hopefully vuvuzela-free) World Cup!

This may satiate you for the time being. The 6th Annual “Kicking + Screening” Soccer Film Festival kicks off tonight at Tribeca Cinemas.

“This year we are all trying to play the jogo bonito, as the Brazilians say: the beautiful game,” K+S cofounder Rachel Markus said. “And K+S is thrilled to return to New York with one of our most ambitious film lineups and an all new partner in Budweiser. As usual, we hope the films and other cultural events of K+S New York 2014 will help us explore our deepest passions through the power of the world’s game.”

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The lineup:

Tuesday, April 8, 7:30PM  — Theme: “Identity”

  • Rise as One: One Nation (USA) — The French Men’s national team uses the 1998 World Cup to help heal the racial splits within their nation and sport. This film will also premiere on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00pm ET
  •  The 1905ers (Germany) — Internal politics, right-wing extremists, a fight for a stadium. Just another day in the life of a semi-pro club’s supporter group.

Wednesday, April 9, 7:30PM — Theme: “Coaches”

  • We Must Go (USA) — Special preview of the much-anticipated doc about American coach Bob Bradley’s experiences in Egypt.
  • The Dream Coach (Italy) — How one Italian youth coach reinvented how to train young players and transformed the lives of thousands in doing so.

Thursday, April 10, 7:30PM — Theme: “Inspiration”

Friday, April 11, 7:30PM — Theme: “Brazil”

  • Rise as OneMatch for Peace (USA) — The story of how an exhibition match between World Cup champions Brazil and war torn Haiti, helped lift the spirits of the island nation during one of its darkest hours. This film will also premiere on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00pm ET
  • Geronimo’s Promise (Brazil) — Just as 2014 World Cup final is about to kick off, Bruno and Leandro’s car breaks down.
  • Short: El Otro SuperClasico (Brazil)

Tix available here.

Speaking of the World Cup, who remembers this 2006 Adidas short? Beckenbauer?!

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