The eleven year old cycling talent Freddy is the son of a butcher in an idyllic village in no man’s land. His isolated life is turned upside down completely in 1975 when the first supermarket in the village opens its doors. To mark the opening the supermarket organizes a cycling race and the winner of that match will meet Eddy Merckx. Freddy’s father is a fervent opponent of the supermarket and the competition, but Freddy subscribes behind his back. By participating in the race a new world opens, not only for Freddy, but also for all those around him.
Toolsidas is an ace snooker player, who ‘only plays for his son’. But after Toolsidas loses in an important tournament to his arch-rival, his son decides to fulfill his father’s dream. For this, he enlists the help of former snooker champion Mohammad Salam.
Martin is one of the most promising football talents Sweden has ever seen. At sixteen, his lifelong dream comes true when he is bought by one of Italy’s most prestigious clubs. Yet that dream comes at a very high price in terms of sacrifice, dedication, pressure and – most of all – loneliness. Martin begins to question whether this is actually the life he yearned for. “Tigers” is a life-and-death rollercoaster ride through the modern-day football industry. With a unique perspective on the world of professional sports, Ronnie Sandahl tells the true story of 16-year-old football prodigy Martin Bengtsson. A coming-of-age drama about a young man’s burning obsession in a world where everything, and everyone, has a price tag.
Eleven-year-old David Wiseman is mad about cricket but no good at it. He has the entire kit but none of the skill, and he’s a laughingstock at school. So when a Jamaican family moves in next door and builds a cricket net in the back garden, David is in seventh heaven. But this is 1960s Britain, and when the neighbors make life difficult for the new arrivals, David’s family is caught in the middle and he must choose between fitting in and standing up for his wonderful new friends.
Fourth Place 2015
4 Deung (original title)
1h 56m | Drama, Sport | 13 April 2016 (South Korea)
A former Asian Games record breaker and Olympic tryout, Kim Gwang-su, endures beatings, abuse, and constant ridicule from his swimming coach. To justify this abusive behavior, his coach constantly reminded Gwang-su – this is for your own good!
A story about a boy who dreams of other things. In the late 1970’s a nine-year-old boy is forced by his parents to play sports. Every year it was another sport. T-ball, baseball, soccer, and football. No matter what sport his parents stuck him into, Zachary, knew it was not for him. He played the sport because it was what was expected of him. Boys play sports. Zachary did not know what he wanted to do or become. This year it was flag football. It’s game day. Little did Zachary know his life would forever be changed. By the end of the day, Zachary, will know where his passion belongs. The events of the day from the argument with his mother, to the coach, a television show, and an actor who was the co-coach for the day, will cause Zachary to run for his life.
The Golden Ball 1994
Le ballon d’or (original title)
1h 33m | Comedy, Drama, Family | 13 April 1994 (France)
Bandian (Aboubacar Sidiki Sumah) is a young Guinean boy from the village of Makono, and fan of Roger Milla. On the soccer fields, his teammates call him “le Turbo”. When his been offered a real leather ball, he paints it in gold. Karim (Salif Keïta), the coach of a soccer team, welcome him in his formation center in Conakry.
Baghdad Messi 2012
19m | Short, Drama, Sport | 14 December 2012 (United Arab Emirates)
Iraq, 2009. Little Hamoudi (10) is totally obsessed with football. Just as the rest of the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the Champions League finale FC Barcelona-Manchester United. The long awaited clash between Messi and Ronaldo. But then Hamoudi’s television breaks down…