The Beautiful Game: Latin American Soccer Films

at Vancity Theatre Vancouver - June 11 to July 7 2014 

The Beautiful Game is an unironic nickname for the swiftly flowing soccer played, followed, and very much loved in Latin America, and especially in Brazil. Vancity Theatre will celebrate the original football in June and July with a series of movies spanning different genres and approaches to the subject in soccer's unique relationship with Latin America. Through documentaries, biopics, and dramas look at the sport in its social and political contexts, and its still-growing influence of the game in the world. This series is presented by the Consulate General of Brazil in Vancouver in partnership with the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre. 



Fla x Flu

BRAZIL 2013 | 85 min

Directed by Renato Terra

Portuguese with English subtitles

Our celebration of the Brazilian World Cup Finals kicks off with this Gala Canadian premiere of the new documentary by Renato Terra (A Night in 67), a rousing chronicle of the passion and fanaticism driving Brazil’s national sport, soccer.

Wednesday June 11 | 7:00 PM followed by a Gala | Vancity Theatre. The Gala ticket price includes a free Caipirinha and live music from Celia Enestrom and Zazueira.

Rudo y Cursi

MEXICO 2008 | 103 min

Directed by Carlos Cuarón

Spanish with English subtitles

The Cuaron brothers’ follow up to international hit Y Tu Mama Tambien reunites stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna for a piquant pop satire on Mexico’s obsession with soccer and celebrity.

Monday June 16 | 6:30 PM | Vancity Theatre


BRAZIL 2011 | 116 min

Directed by José Henrique Fonseca

Portuguese with English subtitles

He was the soccer player Pele idolized in the 1940s, Brazil’s best striker, a dashing, cavalier talent with movie star looks and a burning desire to win.

Monday June 23 | 8:30 PM | Vancity Theatre

Linha da Passe

BRAZIL 2008 | 113 min

Directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas

Portuguese with English subtitles

"Amid the ensemble cast of Walter Salles’s sensationally shot, tough-knocks urban drama one face stands out, the kind of face that owns a film and haunts you long after you’ve seen it.

Monday June 30 | 8:30 PM | Vancity Theatre

Maradona by Kusturica

SPAIN / FRANCE 2008 | 90 min

Directed Emir Kusturica

In English, Spanish, Serbo-Croat, Italian with English subtitles

"The Sex Pistol of footballers," is how renowned director Emir Kusturica (Time of the Gypsies; Underground; Black Cat White Cat) describes Diego Maradona: sporting hero, people’s champion, fallen idol and inspiration to millions.

Monday July 7 | 8:45 PM | Vancity Theatre

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