The Game

A film by

Switzerland | 18' | 08/2020 | documentary

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.

“The concept in the film’s centre is rock-solid, while the technical work [...] effectively creates the tension of the football match. It is some Champions League finals level of work.”
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Square Eyes - Toronto IFF 2020
Square Eyes - IDFA
“The concept in the film’s centre is rock-solid, while the technical work [...] effectively creates the tension of the football match. It is some Champions League finals level of work.”
Square Eyes - kit-77MIAC-BLACK_ENG-SelezioneUfficiale
Square Eyes - Toronto IFF 2020
Square Eyes - IDFA

Roman Hodel

Biography

1989. Roman Hodel studied at the Video Department of the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) and works as filmmaker and cinematographer. His short film BLUELIGHT (2014, co-directed with Lena Mäder) premiered at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and THE GAME celebrated its world premiere at the 77. La Biennale di Venezia.

Filmography

  • Bluelight – documentary – 17 min – 2014
  • The Game – documentary – 17 min – 2020
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Crew

Director: Roman Hodel
Screenplay: Roman Hodel
Producer: Ensemble Film Gmbh: Franziska Sonder
Co-Producers: SRF Swiss National Broadcaster & Urs Augstburger
Cinematographer: Lukas Gut
Sound Recording: Oscar Von Hoogevest
Sound Design: Oscar Von Hoogevest
Editor: Rolf Hellat, Roman Hodel
Main Protagonist: Fedayi San

Festivals

  • Venice International Film Festival, Italy (2 – 12 September, 2020)
    Orrizonti
  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (10 – 19 September, 2020)
    Short Cuts
  • Hamptons International Film Festival, United Stated (8 – 14 October, 2020)
    Short Documentary Competition Won: Best Short Documentary
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland (3 – 8 November, 2020)
    International & National Competition Special Mention National Competition
  • Sulmona International Film Festival, Italy (4 – 7 November, 2020)
    International Competition Won: Best Documentary Short & Best Editing
  • Images en vues international short film festival, Canada (5 – 8 November, 2020)
    Competition
  • International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (18 – 29 November, 2020)
    Best of the fests
  • Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt (2 – 10 December, 2020)
    Cinema of Tomorrow Competition Won: Special Jury Award
  • Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Lithuania (14 – 17 January, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Filmer le Travail, France (19 – 28 February, 2021)
    International Competition Won: Prix Des Lycéens Et Des Apprentis & Prix Des Détenus
  • Mecal Pro – Barcelona International Short and Animation Festival, Spain (11 – 28 March, 2021)
    Documentary Competition Third Prize
  • Fargo Film Festival, United States (18 – 28 March, 2021)
    Short Documentary Competition Won: Best Short Documentary
  • Salem Film Fest, United States (19 – 28 March, 2021)
    Competition
  • Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski, Canada (22 – 28 March, 2021)
    Competition Won: Best Grown Up Film
  • Akbank Short Film Festival, Turkey (22 March – 1 April, 2021)
    Perspective
  • This Is Short (1 April – 21 June, 2021)
    New Point of View Competition
  • 2ANNAS – Riga International Short Film Festival, Latvia (9 – 15 April, 2021)
    International Short Film Competition
  • True/False, United States (5 – 9 May, 2021)
    Teleported Selection
  • Milwaukee Film Festival, United States (6 – 20 May, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, United States (13 – 23 May, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany (21 – 30 May, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival, Hungary (27 May – 2 June, 2021)
    International Short Documentary section
  • Huesca International Film Festival, Spain (11 – 19 June, 2021)
    Short Documentary Competition
  • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Japan (11 – 21 June, 2021)
    Non-Fiction Competition
  • ZagrebDox – International Documentary Film Festival, Croatia (13 – 20 June, 2021)
    Official Selection Won: The Little Stamp Award for Best Film of an Author up to 35
  • Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer, Russia (18 – 27 June, 2021)
    Short Competition
  • AFI DOCS, United States (22 – 27 June, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest, United States (22 – 28 June, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Il Varco International Short Film Festival, Italy (27 June – 3 July, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Docaviv – Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel (1 – 10 July, 2021)
    Short Film Competition
  • Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, Portugal (10 – 18 July, 2021)
    International Competition
  • DOCUMENTARIST – Istanbul Documentary Days, Turkey (10 – 18 July, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Social World Film Festival, Italy (11 – 18 July, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Pärnu Film Festival, Estonia (12 – 18 July, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Germany (21 – 25 July, 2021)
    Short Documentary Competition

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