K+S is back. And we're wearing the #10 shirt!
Hard to believe it, but 2018 marks the 10th year for the Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival in New York. To celebrate, we've got our coolest lineup of films yet, a roster that spans the globe and reflects the multitude of our beautiful game -- joy, sadness, friendship, inclusion, tragedy, resurrection, politics, style, and more.
K+S New York 2018 runs for four nights, May 22-25, and will once again be held at Scandinavia House in midtown Manhattan (MAP). The festival will, as always, feature a full slate of soccer cultural events, including film screenings, panel discussions, filmmaker Q&As, post-screening parties, and raffles.
Without further ado, here are the films:
Night 1: Football for Better or Worse
Tuesday, May 22 | 7:00PM | presented by Societe Generale and the American-Scandinavian Foundation
FC Rosengård is one of the world's top women’s clubs. But that doesn’t mean everything is easy. This documentary exposes the inherent struggles of women’s football, following the team through a dramatic year of triumph and loss. Led by new sporting director Therese Sjögran and Brazilian star Marta, the club fights every day to lift the women’s game. Can they win? | US PREMIERE | MORE INFO
I Love Hooligans (short) -- A football hooligan feels unconditional love for his club. However, when that hooligan is gay, he has to hide his identity in order to survive. Directed by Jan-Dirk Bouw.
Night 2: Messi & Me | Boniek et Platini (Double Feature!)
Wednesday, May 23 | 7:00PM
Messi & Me -- In the summer of 2013, former college player Matt Eliason scored this amazing bicycle kick goal while playing in an exhibition with superstar Lionel Messi. This is the story of what happened next. | WORLD PREMIERE | MORE INFO
Boniek et Platini -- While their national team competes at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, two young Pollish boys are recreating the action in the street. But their country is under martial law, and after two police officers confiscate their ball, they challenge them to a match. What's at stake? The ball. And so much more. | MORE INFO
On the Bench (short) -- Marci has an important match. He also has a family. So winning and losing are complicated. Directed by Csaba Vékes.
Night 3: Nossa Chape
Thursday, May 24 | 7:00PM
In the wake of the 2016 Chapecoense airplane crash that claimed all but three of the players' lives, the team and the city were divided about how to handle the tragedy: Should they focus on keeping the memory of the dead alive? Or move on? And as the team travels to play the championship game that the ill-fated roster should have played, can everyone come together around a common goal? | MORE INFO
Night 4: American Fútbol
Friday, May 25 | 7:00PM | Closing night party presented by the New York Red Bulls
In 2014, four American filmmakers and college friends undertake a four-month journey through Latin America to the World Cup in Brazil. Over 7,000 miles and 8 countries, they explore Latin America's passion for fútbol and emerge not only with a newfound understanding of the Americas, but also a deeper respect for the power of the beautiful game. | WORLD PREMIERE | MORE INFO
1994 (short). Football and politics collide just as Italian hero Roberto Baggio strides up to take an infamous penalty kick. Directed by Gianluigi Antonelli and Ilaria Fini.
Please support the people who support us:
Einstök Beer Company is the official beer of K+S New York 2017 and will provide complimentary beer during the festival. Located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland, the Einstök Brewery taps the purest water on Earth to create its craft ales, including Icelandic White Ale, Icelandic Arctic Pale Ale, Icelandic Toasted Porter, and the new Wee Heavy Scotch Ale.
Societe Generale is one of the largest European financial services groups. Based on a diversified and integrated banking model, the Group combines financial solidity with a strategy of sustainable growth, and aims to be the reference for relationship banking, recognised on its markets, close to clients, chosen for the quality and commitment of its teams.
NEW YORK RED BULLS
The New York Red Bulls are one of 23 teams in Major League Soccer (MLS). They are one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its founding in 1996. They currently play home matches at Red Bull Arena (RBA) in Harrison, New Jersey. RBA, a state-of-the-art, 25,000-seat stadium, is widely regarded as the top soccer-specific stadium in North America. The club is owned by the Austrian beverage company Red Bull GmbH for which the team is named.
K+S CHARITABLE PARTNER:
SOUTH BRONX UNITED
Part of the proceeds will go to support South Bronx United, which aims to help youth build character, teamwork, and leadership so that they can succeed in high school, college, careers, their community and beyond. South Bronx United strives to promote educational achievement, health and wellness, and character development through activities on and off the soccer field and to unite a diverse group of individuals and an incredibly diverse community toward common positive goals. More info here.
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