The Beautiful Game (2020)

  • 1h 21m
  • Olof Berglind
  • engelske undertekster

Et 17-årigt stortalent scorer sig en kontrakt med et svensk fodboldteam. Men der er mere end mål på spil for en ung afrikaner i en benhård sportsbranche.

I den ivorianske storby Abidjan fantaserer drengene om en tilværelse som fodspiller i Europa. For den bare 17-årige Odilon bliver drømmen med ét til virkelighed, da en svensk agent henter ham til Stockholm-klubben Hammarby IF. Fra det øjeblik han bliver scoutet til ankomsten i det kolde nord er forventningerne til det unge talent tårnhøje. Men kan han modstå det pres, der kræves for at gøre karriere i professionel fodbold? Instruktør Olof Berlings giver os et enestående glimt bag kulisserne i international topsport i en højaktuel fodboldfilm om globalisering, integration og neokolonialisme.

A 17-year-old man scores a contract with a Swedish football team. But there is more than goals at stake for a young African in a tough sports world.

In the Ivorian capital Abidjan, the boys are fantasising about life as a footballer in Europe. To many of them, football is a ticket to a brighter future for themselves and their families. The dream suddenly comes true for one of them when a Swedish agent takes the merely 17-year old talent to a club in Stockholm. From the moment he is scouted to his arrival in the cold North, the expectations of the young talent are enormous. Everybody, from his family to his agents and new club put their hopes into him. But can he withstand the pressure that goes hand in hand with a career in professional football? The director Olof Berglind gives us a unique look behind the scenes of professional elite sport in a highly topical film about integration, globalisation and the many faces of modern football.

Director

Olof Berglind

Producer

Fredrik Heinig

Language(s)

English, French, Swedish

Subtitle(s)

English