THE GAME by Roman Hodel

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.

Documentary, 2020, 17′

Writer & Director: Roman Hodel
Producer: Franziska Sonder


DOP: Lukas Gut
DOP 2nd Unit: Ramón Königshausen
In coprodution with: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, Urs Augstburger
Supported by: Albert Koechlin Stiftung, Federal Office of Culture, Zurich Film Fund, Innerschweizer Filmfachgruppe, FUKA-Fonds Stadt Luzern


Festivals: Square AIS
Press Contact: Amara Butzke
World Sales: Ouat Media


28th Hamptons International Film Festival (USA) 2020 *Best Documentary Short Film Award / Zurich Film Award (Switzerland) 2020 * Best Short Film 24th / Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland) 2020 * Special Mention


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



«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

«A soccer match like you’ve never seen before.»