directed by Daniel Gordon
South Africa; 2011
The FIFA World Cup is the world’s most-watched sports event, with a fervent following that transcends all borders, race, gender, age and social status. Every four years, a month-long battle between 32 national teams from across the globe is played out before the final showdown – Match #64 of the tournament – decides who is crowned world champion.
In 2010, the spotlight of world attention shone on South Africa as it became the first African country to host football’s premier competition. Match 64 carries fans deeper into the heart of a World Cup final than they have ever gone before. From sunrise to sunset and beyond, Match 64 follows not only the two finalists and the match officials, but also local organizers and FIFA officials, born-and-bred Sowetans and VIPs. What emerges is an intimate portrait of a country that is coming of age in this post-apartheid era and whose stadium acts as a crucible of passion on a momentous occasion.
Rättskiparen ("The Referee")
directed by Mattias Löw
New York premiere
Top soccer referee Martin Hansson appeared set to realize his ultimate goal to be a referee in a World Cup. He was on the top of his game, in good health, and respected by the soccer community. All signs pointed toward his being picked as a referee in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Then one dark night in Paris, while refereeing a match between France and Ireland, all hell broke loose...
“Pressure at the Highest Level” — Saturday, July 23
Daniel Gordon, director of Match 64 (feature selection)
Mattias Löw, director of Rättskiparen (The Referee) (feature selection)