"Mundial" Wins in New York City
Mundial. Gra o wszystko (Mundial. The Highest Stakes), a film directed by Michał Bielawski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute has won the 5th Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival in New York City.
Michał Bielawski’s documentary received the Golden Whistle Award for best documentary film about soccer. At past editions of the festival, this top award has gone to such films as The Four-Year Plan, directed by Mat Hodgson (2012) and Soka Afrika, directed by Suridh Hassan (2011).
A Documentary Story About Sports and Politics
Mundial. Gra o wszystko (Mundial. The Highest Stakes) is a documentary story about sports and politics under extreme circumstances. Games played by Polish soccer players at the 1982 World Cup in Spain are watched by ‘Solidarity’ activists who are under internment, by sports journalists and by censors, who cut out any sign of opposition activity from the television broadcasts. The games in Spain are also seen from the perspective of the team members, who try to live up not only to their own ambitions, but also to carry the burden of the expectations of their fans and the Communist propaganda.
Michał Bielawski’s Debut Supported by the Polish Film Institute
The film was written and directed by Michał Bielawski. The documentary Mundial. Gra o wszystko (Mundial. The Highest Stakes) marks his directorial debut. The film was lensed by Petro Aleksowski and Tomasz Suski, with original score composed by Antoni Łazarkiewicz. Mundial was produced by Unlimited Film Operations and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
The official website of Mundial. Gra o wszystko (Mundial. The Highest Stakes) is available at mundial82.pl.
Further details about the festival are available at: www.kickingandscreening.com.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun