The Thinking Football Film Festival is a football film festival organised by the Athletic Club Foundation with the collaboration of Sala BBK and the sponsorship of Euskaltel. Every year, between twelve and twenty films are presented at Sala BBK in Bilbao, in which human and social stories are told through football. On the whole, the Thinking Football Film Festival programme aims to help raise key issues on understanding the global social phenomenon that football has become over the last one hundred years.
The 2017 edition will be the fifth and will take place between March 13 and 28 in a format of sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Eleven feature films (ten documentaries and one fictional film) and five short films will be screened from countries such as Iceland, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Belgium, USA, Italy and Spain.
Attendance at all sessions is free until full capacity is reached and after each film there will be a short discussion about the film, with the attendance of the director or one of its main characters. The audience can rate the films and at the end of the festival the Thinking Football Film Festival Audience Award will be announced.
Screening of the Nepali film “Sunakali” (2014) by Bhojraj Bhat, winner of the 2016 edition of the festival.
Screening only for students, closed to the public.
This is the incredible story of the golden generation in Icelandic football. A close-up and personal view of a team that made the world turn its gaze in their direction when it became the smallest nation ever to reach the finals of a major football championship.
A Danish fiction film that tells the story of the heroic deeds of the Danish national team at Euro 1992, which it won despite entering the finals after the disqualification of Yugoslavia just two weeks before the start of the tournament.
In a Rome neighbourhood, twelve year-old Mirko is playing football with his friends. When the ball runs off the playing field, he talks to Luana who is sitting behind a wall. They agree to go for a drink, but everything goes wrong when Mirko sees her wheelchair.
Clarisse is about thirty and is a drug addict. Her addiction is Olympique de Marseille. It is time for rehabilitation.
Alén do Cosmos (Beyond the Cosmos) narrates the journey of Santiago, a Galician, who emigrated to New York at the end of the 60s, where he began to study thanks to a university sports scholarship and ended up making a living as a football player in the legendary New York Cosmos team, alongside stars such as Pele, Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto and Johan Cruyff.
Afonsinho, Paulo Cézar Caju and Nei Conceição started their careers in football in the mid-1960s, a historic time of severe political repression in Brazil.
Samir is a fan of Paris Saint Germain. This irritates his girlfriend, Anna. But she changes her opinion one day when he convinces her to accompany him to the stadium.
The Haitian national team qualified for the Copa América Centenario. Made up mostly of non-professional players, it was without doubt the most modest team in the tournament. In addition, in the group that it was picked to play in, it would face Brazil.
A football hooligan feels unconditional love for his club.
From Brazilian slums to dusty Congolese villages, from neolithic Scottish islands to modern football fields, BOUNCE explores the little-known origins of sports played with a ball.
On April 15, 1989, some 24,000 Liverpool fans travelled to Sheffield to watch a football match. 96 men, women and children never returned.
Unanimously regarded as one of the best football players in history, Sir Stanley Matthews retired from professional football at the age of 50.
Club Frontera tells the brief but intense story of Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles (the Xolos) in the Mexican League, which has had an enormous impact on the famous Mexican city.
The Canadian actor, screenwriter and director Jay Baruchel has a passion, football, and an obsession, Celtic.
Last season a new team joined the lowest level of the Czech football league. FC Roma is a D??ín-based district club made up primarily of players of Roma origin.
Jason and Ade, two nineteen year-olds, are Academy players at a famous football club in London. 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.
As in previous editions, all of the films at the festival will be screened at Sala BBK. Entry to the festival is free until full capacity is reached.
The Hotel Meliá Bilbao is the hospitality sponsor of the festival.
Fundación Athletic Club, with sponsorship from Euskaltel and the cooperation of Loraldia, is convening the first Thinking Football Contest for creative video projects in Basque. The contest seeks to promote video creation in Basque on football-related topics.
The contest is open to anyone of legal age, and contestants may enter as individuals or groups. Projects must be presented in Basque and must be previously unpublished. Adaptations of other works of literature or film will not be admitted.