Zico came to Iceland from Marocco to seek his fortune. After ten years Zico becomes bankrupt, meaning he can't work anymore. Left desperate and depressed Zico decides to bring life to his amateur team called Africa United and take them into the semi-professional 3rd division. He calls upon immigrants all-over Iceland, players from Marocco, Nigeria, Columbia, Serbia, Kosovo, Gambia and Guinea to help realize his vision. Written by
Johannesson, Olaf de Fleur
I just wanted to set a couple of things straight, since not everyone may be in the position to read in-depth interviews with the creators of this film. It was quite popular here in Iceland so there was a lot of discussion regarding its factual accuracy.
Basically, it is a retelling of a true story mixed in with fiction and real ad lib moments. The team exists, the players play themselves, etc.
it's just that they have a script to work from.
While it's a slightly confusing and frustrating approach, I find it works well overall. The film itself has its strengths, such as the characters being believable and sympathetic (albeit for obvious reasons), but ultimately falls short of being everything it could have been. Perhaps less scripting would have made it a more engaging experience.
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