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


Crew

DOP: Lukas Gut
DOP 2nd Unit: Ramón Königshausen
In co-prodution 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

 

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

 

Awards
2020
Best Documentary Short Film Award at 28th Hamptons International Film Festival (US) | Zurich Film Award (CH) for Best Short Film 24th / Special Mention at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (CH)

 

Festivals (selection)
2021
2ANNAS – Riga International Short Film Festival (LV) *International Short Film Competition | 5th VISFF Vilnius International Short Film Festival (LT) *International Competition | 49th Huesca International Film Festival (SP) *Short Documentary Competition | 27th Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg (DE) *International Competition

2020
33th IDFA International Documentary Film Festival (NL) *Best of Fest | 24th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (CH) *International Competition | 29th Curtas Vila do Conde (PT) *International Competition | 27th Palm Springs ShortFest (US) *Official Selection | 45th TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival (CA) *Short Cuts  | 77th Venice International Film Festival (IT) *Orizzonti Corti 

 

Reviews

«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.»
IDFA