The countdown to the 2014 World Cup is speeding up with 65 days left till the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12th. Here’s something to tide you over till the big day. Entering it’s 6th year, the Kicking & Screening Film Festival, held at Tribeca Cinemas from April 8 – 11 has eleven films from eight countries celebrating culture and storytelling through the love of soccer. The festival’s theme nights include ‘Inspiration’ and ‘Coaches.’ We’re giving away tickets to Friday’s closing night festivities. ‘Brazil’ is the theme of the night with several short films about the World Cup host country, some of them premieres, and the live musical stylings of Underground Horns, an Afro-Latin bhangra funk-inspired band from NYC. Sign up for free tickets here and see our top picks of the Brazilian films playing plus trailers below!
Friday, April 11: Brazil Night
Closing Night Films + After Party
Rise As One: Match for Peace
Director: Scott Boggins & Gabriel Spitzer
This six-part documentary series by Emmy Award-winning directors will be kicking off as well as closing out the festival and features exclusive interviews with legendary soccer stars. In the Match for Peace episode we learn about the moving story of the 2004 friendly match held in Port-au-Prince between Brazil and Haiti organized by the United Nations to promote peace in the conflict-stricken country.
Director: Luis Menegaz
Set in the not-so-distant future, Geronimo’s Promise introduces us to two best friends, Bruno and Leandro on their way to the final match between Brazil and Argentina. Geared up with their winning tickets, a faulty car engine is all that stands between these friends and the game of the century.
El Otro Superclásico
Director: Luis Menegaz
The other Superclasico refers to Boca de Sergipe and River de Sergipe, the supporter clubs for Argentina’s biggest teams, Boca Juniors and River Plate, working and playing hard over 2,000 miles away from Buenos Aires in Brazil. El Otro Superclasico goes into the rivalry and how the Brazilian supporters clubs were founded.
Scouting for Zebras
Director: Benoît Mariage
April 10th @ 7.30PM
This dark comedy follows Jose, a football agent who’s passed his prime and made a living scouting for third world players destined for stardom. When he meets Yaya, a young vivacious player from the Ivory Coast, Jose is sure he has hit the jackpot, but a pregnant mistress and jealous recruiter start to get in his way.
We Must Go
Director: Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker
April 9th @ 7.30PM
This feature documentary follows the journey of the Egyptian National team and their fight to get to the 2014 World Cup. Led by their passionate American coach, Bob Bradley, ‘The Pharaohs’ haven’t been to the World Cup in 24 years. In this exclusive ‘sneak peak’ we are introduced to major players and get to see The Pharaohs in action during their first two World Cup Qualifiers.