The biggest game of the World

The biggest game of the World

The biggest game of the World

  What have a Mongolian nomad family, one of the Nigerien Tuareg camel caravan and a Brazilian Indian tribe from the Amazon in common: They live in the remotest regions of the world and they love football. So much so that they do everything possible to see the final of the 2002 World Cup between Germany and Brazil on television. About their use and the hurdles they had to overcome in the process, the Spanish director Gerardo Olivares, the gay episode film shot the biggest game of the World / La Gran Final.

What is our latitude, taken for granted can be for others to tour de force. How easy it is for us to anzuknipsen football on the TV and monitor comfortably in the home armchair. Or at the world championships just to the next corner bar or even go public viewing and to follow the spectacle with countless other fans. How easy it is neither the Mongols nor the Tuareg or the Indians – they live far away from civilization, often without electricity or running water. And who has little, must not only be very imaginative, but also bring the necessary patience for it. In the three parallel episodes Olivares shows the creativity and tenacity of his protagonists in a very delicious and funny way. All have a TV, but which must still be enabled. Mongolians lack of electricity, which they are secretly by the government to tap the power pole. The Tuaregs missing a tree where they can attach their antenna and the Brazilians a length of cable and later a functioning TV.

That the director shoots the film for over fifteen years of documentaries and reports in anthropology, ethnography and wildlife, it should be noted clearly the film. The way he captures the nomads in the arid Altai Mountains of Mongolia, and visually, as his name his protagonist through the Ténéré desert in Niger to draw or how he lets the flora and fauna in the Amazon region of Brazil in sounds, colors, and images are just so bursting, which is great documentary prepared, with much love for the landscapes, animals and people who inhabit them.

The idea for the film was the director on a trip to Mongolia, where he was looking for suitable locations for a documentary project. There he met nomads on horses with an old TV in the saddle right across the steppe, were characterized by the “Back to the iron tree” on the road. The tree was an accumulation of iron residue and served as an antenna for the TV, with whom they could watch the World Cup final. No matter how far away from civilization, people lived, the director has made in the world, Ronaldo and Zidane were not foreign to them. Quite the contrary. They knew each other well from it. This passion of different cultures and people for football, finally had the momentum, the biggest game of the World / La Gran Final spin. The result is an entertaining comedy, in which one has the feeling of a documentary rather than a feature film to sit. The film has many funny moments, not the bear but the entire movie. Well after half seems to be the most just to repeat. The episode with the Indians is certainly the weakest of the three, and designed to put it acts. The film is not a football film – and that he will not be – it is rather an ethnographic, comparative study of three different cultures. Anyone who likes to see in the movies, this film should not be missed.

(Katrin Knauth)

Title: The biggest game of the World Original Title: La Gran Final Country of production: Germany, Spain Year of production: 2005 Length: 88 (Min) of material: Zorro Film Distribution

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