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Directed by Alex de la Iglesia.
Through a series of informal conversations, archival footage, and reenactments, this film chronicles the rise and the making of the football legend Lionel Messi.
Last year saw the release of the intimate documentary Ronaldo which followed football icon, Cristiano Ronaldo. At the time of the film’s production, the titular Portuguese legend was set to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or, a prestigious award that marks a football player to be the year’s best, and in the years prior there had been much debate between himself and the Argentine legend Lionel Messi. This is more pronounced given that both Ronaldo and Messi play for rivalling football teams Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. In other words, one could see Ronaldo as a spiritual sequel to Messi.
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- Matthew Lee
Following an expanded deal with the National Football League (NFL) that is bound to bring more football viewership to YouTube, the platform has now struck an agreement with Spain’s Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional (Lfp) -- the country’s national professional soccer league -- to broadcast a number of games for free on YouTube later this summer.
In addition to free live games from the Lfp World Challenge, a pre-season tour, YouTube will offer highlights packages and behind-the-scenes footage, according to The Drum. Matches are slated to include the San Jose Earthquakes vs. Spain’s Real Sociedad, the Philadelphia Fury vs Sd Eibar, and Bolivia’s Club Blooming v Rcd Espanyol, among others.
In terms of video viewership, soccer can be a major boon for digital platforms. When Facebook released a list of the top 10 most-viewed 360-degree video clips of the year thus far, for instance, two of the »
- Geoff Weiss
The Dutch film industry has blossomed over the past several years, driven by a new generation of filmmakers and producers, its rich tradition for family pics and documentaries and bolstered by its cash rebate.
In Cannes, the Netherlands will be repped by Dutch master Paul Verhoeven’s first French-language film, the Isabelle Huppert starrer “Elle”; and Dutch helmer Michael Dudok de Wit’s animated feature “The Red Turtle,” set for Un Certain Regard. On the talent side, Dutch actor Hadewych Minis plays the lead role in Maren Ade’s German film “Toni Erdmann.” Meanwhile, over at Directors’ Fortnight, Bosnian-Dutch director Ena Sendijarevićhas her short film, “Import,” playing in competition.
“We’re a rather small country, but thanks to our international collaborations we’re growing, either with Dutch majority films with foreign financing or as minority producers on international movies,” says Doreen Boonekamp, CEO of Netherlands Film Fund.
The launch of »
- Elsa Keslassy
Metrodome Distributions has announced that the documentary Barca Dreams, which tells the definitive story of one of the world’s biggest football clubs, will be available to own On Demand from 11th April and on DVD from April 25th.
See Also: Order Barca Dreams via Amazon UK
Barca Dreams chronicles the long road of Fc Barcelona’s rise from an ambitious and proud Catalan sports club to establishing itself as one of the most admired, successful and respected football clubs in the world.
It is a fascinating and emotional voyage to the heart and soul of the club through the struggles in Francoist Spain, the origins of El Clásico, one of sports most fiery rivalries with Real Madrid, the club’s ascendancy to the height of European Football in the 70s, 80s and 90s, the visionary innovations under Johan Cruyff, the domination of the Pep Guardiola era and the rise »
- Gary Collinson
4 items from 2016
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