A: I should’ve told you.

F: What? Penalty?

A: Yes, I kind of felt it.

F: It’s not black and white.

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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

“Documentary shouldn’t always be crippled by reality,” Hodel explained.  - The New Yorker, Daniel Ajootian

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FESTIVALS (Selection)

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

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

27th Palm Springs ShortFest (USA) 2021 * Official Selection

29th Curtas Vila do Conde, (Portugal) 2021 * International Competition

74th Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland)* Panorama Schweiz

25th REGARD Festival international du court métrage, Saguenay (Canada) * International Competition

24th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland) 2020 *International Competition

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

27th Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg (Germany) * International Competition

49th Huesca International Film Festival (Spain) 2021* Short Documentary Competition

15th VISFF Vilnius International Short Film Festival (Lithuania) 2021* International Competition

23th Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia Tokyo (Japan) * International Competition

2ANNAS - Riga International Short Film Festival (Latvia) 2021 * International Short Film Competition

100+ Festivals

 

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AWARD (Selection)

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

Zurich Film Award (Switzerland) 2020 * Best Short Film

Swiss Film Award (Switzerland) 2021 * Nomination Best Short Film

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

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

17th ZagrebDox (Croatia) * The Little Stamp Award

10th Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival (Hungary) * Audience Award

24th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland) 2020 * Audience Award
21th Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan) 2021 * Best Short Film
69th Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia) * Grand Prix for Best Short Film

44th Drama International Short Film Festival (Greec) 2021 Honorary Distinction Best Film

20+ Awards

 

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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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