football is god

Director:  Ole Bendtzen

Football Is God
- passion, faith & football
"I've played for Barcelona and Brazil all over the world at all the major stadiums but I have never experienced anything to compare with playing at La Bombonera against Boca Juniors. It's the closest you come to Hell". (Romario, professional footballer)
Football is God explores the inextricable relation between faith and football, through following three fans of the legendary Club Atlético "Boca" Juniors in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Hernán is an intellectual intoxicated by a love for Boca, one which he cannot shake off. He finds himself torn between reason and his passion for Boca. A struggle that threatens to destroy him.
Pablo is a working class man who believes that the former Boca player Diego Maradona is a God. And Pablo harbours a burning desire to meet his God.
La Tía (The Auntie) is an old eccentric. She considers the Boca players her sons. The film follows La Tía on her pursuit of delivering a birthday present to her favourite player, Martín Palermo. The birthday present is a pair of boxer shorts, which she would like to see him try on.
Football is God is a film about football - and so much more than. It is a film about faith, passion and the need for being part of something bigger than one self.


Danish Title: Fodbold er Gud
Director: Ole Bendtzen
Year: 2010
Duration: 52 min.
Country: Denmark
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen and Anne Köhncke
Co-Producer: Kaarle Aho, Making Movies Oy, Finland
Cinematographer: Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Editor: Niels Pagh Andersen
Music: Sanna Salmenkallio


Nominated for Prix Europa 2011
Religion Today Film Festival 2012
- Winner of Grand Prize (the Religion Today Award "In the Spirit of the Faith") 
- Winner of Best Documentary & Special Mention from the Signis Award Jury
Dhaka International Short & Independent Film Festival 2012
- Winner of Best Documentary Award


Uppsala Int. Short Film Festival 2010
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2011
Santiago International Film Festival 2011
The International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City DOCSDF
Prix Europa 2011
Cinefoot 2012
Religion Today Film Festival 2012
Dhaka International Short & Independent Film Festival 2012


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