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June 11, 2006

Celebrating the World Cup

In honor of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, we present this double feature of works– fiction and nonfiction– inspired by the tournament’s exhilarating spirit.

This program is co-presented with the Goethe Institut Boston.


September 27 (Wednesday) 7 pm

One Day in Europe

Directed by Hannes Stöhr
Germany/Spain 2005, color, 93 min.
With Megan Gay, Boris Arquier, Sargento Barreira
English, Russian, Turkish, French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Galician with English subtitles

Hannes Stöhr creates four different European scenarios all occurring on the day of an imagined Champion League final between Spain and Turkey, which is taking place in Moscow. As law enforcement across Europe seems to come to a standstill, four crimes are committed in four countries. A lighthearted celebration of diversity that also takes the question of security and cross-cultural communication into account, One Day in Europe was nominated for the prestigious Golden Bear Award at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.

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June 11 (Sunday) 9 pm

The Other Final

Directed by Johan Kramer
Netherlands 2003, color, 87 min.

After the Netherlands’ team lost its chance at qualification for the World Cup, Dutch advertising consultant Matthijs de Jongh set up a match between the two lowest ranked teams on FIFA’s world rankings: the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas and the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Documentary filmmaker Johan Kramer filmed the countries’ preparations, structuring the film as a countdown to confrontation. The 2002 match—held on the same day of the World Cup final in Japan and Korea—captured the world’s imagination. The Other Final gives us the inside story of this remarkable meeting.

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