Since I’m not posting movies regularly any more, this is a Friday post.
Pelada — Formerly, the Soccer Project
Two players. 25 countries. One game.
Away from professional stadiums, bright lights, and manicured fields, there’s another side of soccer. Tucked away on alleys, side streets, and concrete courts, people play in improvised games. Every country has a different word for it. In the United States, we call it “pick-up soccer.” In Trinidad, it’s “taking a sweat.” In England, it’s “having a kick-about.” In Brazil, the word is “pelada,” which literally means “naked”—the game stripped down to its core. It’s the version of the game played by anyone, anywhere—and it’s a window into lives all around the world.
Pelada is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros. Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada is the story of the people who play.
Can this be any more amazing? Watch the trailer here.
See it at SWSX Austin, March 12-20…
– Thanks Chris!
Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood. Not bad?
The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.
I’d like to see this this holiday season.
ELF. Celebrate the holidays with Will Ferrell.
“I’m a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!”
Read this book by Alice Sebold. Great book… though in movie form this could get creepy.
A classic. Even Ive seen it. Love the italy scenes.
Limits of Control
The Limits of Control is the story of a mysterious loner (played by Mr. De Bankole), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness.
Watch the trailer here.
via ZenHabits on Twitter
Lemonade Stories (2004)
Id like to check this out.
“Behind every great entrepreneur is their mom. Or so film maker Mary Mazzio found in her soon to be released documentary Lemonade Stories…
A little premature for this one (may be coming out in November?), but clips are up on Apple’s movie trailer site … so excited to see since it was filmed in St. Louis! (that’s definitely George Clooney in Lambert Airport, above). Also hoping to see my cousin, Karen, as an extra.
@ Smashing Magazine