It is that time of the year where friends and families get together sit in front of their TV screen and enjoy football at its best. The world cup fever and celebration is beyond just sitting in front of a TV and watching each game; daily conversations change, even our fashion sense changes with people wearing jerseys of the teams they support.
To add to all this festivity, several inspiring and interesting movies that have to do with football have been screened beginning Monday June 9th.
The film screening is organized by the Goethe-Institute in cooperation with the Embassy of Brazil, the Embassy of Venezuela and the German Embassy School Addis Ababa. So far four films have had been screened.
Lesson of a Dream
This film was screened on Monday June 9th at the Germen Embassy School. Lesson of Dream is directed by Sebastian Grobler and tells the story of a young teacher hired to teach English at a German school but whose unconventional ways soon make him many enemies: influential parents, local dignitaries and, above all, his colleagues, who only believe in discipline. The film was written by Philipp Roth and Johanna Stuttmann.
“Hermano” directed by Marcel Rasquin is a Venezuelan drama from 2010. In Caracas, one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Julio and his mother find an abandoned baby crying in the middle of a street dump. The mother hesitates to take the child with them but takes the baby. Sixteen years later, Julio and his little brother Daniel have grown to become the best footballers of La Ceniza, their slum, but, Julio has also become part of a gang. The film screened on Tuesday June 10th at the German Embassy School.
“1958 – O ano em que o mundo descobriu o Brasil”
This one is a documentary directed by José Carlos Asbeg about the Brazilian win of the soccer world cup in 1958. The film shows interviews with the kicker of the game and contemporary witnesses, also original film footage of the games. It is a movie for all soccer fans. It was screened on Wednesday June 11th.
Linha de Passe
This is a Brazilian film directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas about four poverty-stricken half- brothers. They are living in a suburban neighborhood in the periphery of Sao Paulo and fighting for their dreams. Dario seeks the opportunity of a better life with his soccer skills, Denis survives as a motorcycle courier, Dinho works in a filling station and helps at the local church and Reginaldo although gifted as soccer player dreams of becoming a bus driver. Linha de Passe was screened on Thursday June 12th.
The Miracle of Bern
You can still catch this film as it will be shown tomorrow Monday June 16th at the German school. “The Miracle of Bern” tells the story how Germany unexpectedly wins the soccer world cup in 1954. Besides this, the movie shows the life in the postwar period in Germany.
All of these films can be a fun way to spend time with friends when you are not busy watching the football matches, happy World Cup experience!