A: I should’ve told you.

F: What? Penalty?

A: Yes, I kind of felt it.

F: It’s not black and white.

Das Spiel / The Game

doc / 17’ / 2020 / Switzerland

- A whistle. The stands of the stadium get loud. The players protest angrily. The presenters follow the action on the field. In the middle of it, the referee. The whole stadium watches him. Now he has to decide and direct the energy of an entire stadium.

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Ein Pfiff. Auf den Zuschauerrängen wird es laut. Die Spieler protestieren aufgebracht. Die Kommentatoren verfolgen energisch das Geschehen auf dem Feld. Mitten drin, der Schiedsrichter. Das ganze Stadion schaut auf ihn. Jetzt muss er entscheiden und die Energie eines ganzen Stadions dirigieren. 

"It is some Champions League finals level of work." - ubiquarian, Marko Stojiljkovic

AWARD

28th Hamptons International Film Festival (USA) 2020 *Best Documentary Short Film Award

24th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland) 2020 * Special Mention

Zurich Film Award (Switzerland) 2020 * Best Short Film

38th Sulmona International Filmfestival (Italy) 2020 * Best Documentary 

38th Sulmona International Filmfestival (Italy) 2020 *  Best Editing

42th Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt) 2020 * Special Jury Award

 

FESTIVALS

77th Venice International Film Festival (Italy) 2020 *Orizzonti Corti

45th TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) 2020 *
Short Cuts

28th Hamptons International Film Festival (USA) 2020 *Documentary Shorts Competition

24th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland) *International Competition

33th IDFA, International Documentary Film Festival (Netherlands) 2020 *Best of Fest

38th Sulmona International Film Festival (Italy) 2020 * Short Film Competition

42th Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt)  2020 * Cinema of Tomorrow

VISFF Vilnius International Short Film Festival 2021 (Lithuania) * International Competition

 

CREW

KAMERA Lukas Gut TON & SOUND DESIGN Oscar van Hoogevest SCHNITT Rolf Hellat & Roman Hodel REGIE 2ND UNIT Lena Mäder KAMERA 2ND UNIT & COLOR GRADING Ramón Königshausen TON 2ND UNIT Salome Wüllner PRODUKTION Franziska Sonder, Ensemble Film  ZUSÄTZLICHE KAMERA Kezia Zurbrügg, Luzius Wespe SPORTKAMERA Jonas Steiger, Michael Vonbun, Stefan Jäger ZUSÄTZLICHE TON Nicolas Büttiker, Kathleen Moser, Nadine Häusler, Elias Gamma, Lars Wicki STEADICAM Lukas Franz, Sebastian Geret FOCUS PULLER Benjamin Fernando, Thomas Hrabovski​ ASSISTENZ Justin Stoneham, Eva Meyer MISCHUNG Maurizius Staerkle Drux GRAFIK Enea Bortone PRODUKTION Ensemble Film GmbH KOPRODUKTION SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

"Roman Hodel’s incredibly dynamic and wryly humorous documentary presents a high-tension soccer match from the perspective of an ever-vigilant referee." - TIFF

"A soccer match like you’ve never seen before." - IDFA

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