Thinking Football, day six

28-03-2017

March 28 is day six, the last day of the Thinking Football Film Festival, the cinema and football festival organised by the Athletic Club Foundation and Sala BBK and sponsored by Euskaltel.

At 6:00 pm, the film "FC Roma" (Czech Republic, 2016) by Rozálie Kohoutová and Tomáš Bojar will be screened. The film tells the story of the eponymous team, consisting mostly of Roma Gypsies. Founded recently, it joined the lowest level of the Czech football league. The season progressed and the FC Roma players saw how to win most of their matches... by the non-appearance of the opponents. A film about rejecting the different, racism, xenophobia... and how to combat these diseases.

Later, at 8:00 pm, as the culmination of the festival, the English fiction film "The Pass" (2016) by director Ben A. Williams will be screened. Based on a play and made up of three acts, the film tells the relationship between Jason and Ade, two nineteen-year olds, who are Academy players at a famous London football club. Team-mates and friends since they were eight years old, they have been called up to make their first team débuts in the Champions League. They are sharing a hotel room in Romania. They should be sleeping, but they are too excited, so they spend the time in their room eating, playing, skipping, mocking each other, fighting… and then Jason kisses Ade.

The impact of this "pass" is reflected in the next ten years of their lives: a decade of fame and failure, secrets and lies, in a world, the world of football, where image is almost everything and where telling the truth (even recognising it yourself) may be going too far.

After the screening of the film, the director, Ben A. Williams, producer Duncan Kenworthy and former player Thomas Hitzlsperger football will chat with the audience. The discussion will revolve around the film and the issue it raises: homophobia in the world of football.

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