UK Premiere. Followed by Q&A with director Corneliu Porumboiu.
Hosted by festival director Ramona Mitrica and author Mike Phillips.
(2018 | Romania | Documentary | 70 min | in Romanian, with English subtitles)
UK Distribution: ANTI-WORLDS RELEASING www.anti-worldsreleasing.co.uk/
After a sports injury that left him unable to play professional football, Laurențiu Ginghină sees himself as a football revolutionary, yearning to upgrade and refine the game, but his theories and trials soon reveal the way that we’re all players in our own beautiful games. It’s Monty Python’s Fear of the Penalty… A heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious portrait of Porumboiu’s childhood friend.
“It’s a true story which is also an odd social-realist parable, with a bit of the deadpan comedy and bureaucracy-satire to be found in Poromboiu’s fiction features, such as 12:08 East of Bucharest and Police, Adjective. ” (Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian)