After four years of rushed breakfasts, late dinners, long hangovers, slow night buses, lost phone chargers, forgetting birthdays, remembering it’s £2 beers before 7, running out of leccy, running into your ex, and thinking about football football football through all of it, we’ve got ourselves another World Cup. And, our mates at the Rooftop Film Club are celebrating by bringing football and film together for the World Cup of Cinema. It’s gonna be ace.
They’ve selected 32 of the finest films from around the world to represent each of the 32 teams competing in Russia and playing them off against each other. Think Lil Zé and his boys from Brazil’s City of God against Switzerland’s My Life As a Courgette—an animated feature film nominated at last year’s Oscars. Or South Korea’s neo-noir gangster classic Oldboy versus the exhilarating Victoria—a madness of a heist film with all 140 minutes shot in one take—from Germany. England are, of course, represented by Withnail & I, France by Amélie, and Iran by Offside—a film shot guerrilla-style at an actual World Cup qualifying match about a group of female football fans who disguise themselves as boys to get around the strict ban on women attending games. Lots and lots of really, really great films, then.
As the World Cup reaches the knock-out stages, the last 16 teams will be added to their glorious wall-chart graphic below, and you can keep up to date with what’s on where by following the #worldcupofcinema. The final will be screened on the roof of Bussey Building on Wednesday 18th July at 9pm—and you can book tickets here.
There’s a roundup of each film repping each country on the Rooftop Film Club blog here. There are some absolute corkers.
Good, films, aren’t they? Real good. We’re screening every game of the World Cup at our Hotel MUNDIAL over the next month. Sign up to our newsletter here to keep updated, and follow us on Instagram for live updates from the Hotel itself. Keep it real.