International Competition

The Game

Roman Hodel
Screening time  
15.06. / Tuesday, 17:00 - 19:00 Ticket
17.06. / Thursday, 15:00 - 16:30 Ticket
20.06. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Ticket

A soccer referee needs to be everywhere, see everything, and stay on the ball for the full 90 minutes. Every decision comes under close scrutiny – from commentators, from players contesting each whistle blow as if it were an unforgivable injustice, and from that multi-headed monster: the crowd. And besides dealing with the constant, intense pressure, you’ve got to be able to cover around 7 miles over the course of the match. The Game follows a top-tier Swiss match through the eyes of world-class ref Fedayi San. With him, we experience the highs and lows of a football game, what it means to earn respect on the field and direct the energy of an entire stadium.


Roman Hodel

Roman Hodel, born in 1989. in Zurich, studied at the Video Department of the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) and works as filmmaker and cinematographer. His short film Bluelight (2014, co-directed with Lena Mäder) premiered at the International Short Film Festival Winterthur and The Game (2020) had its world premiere at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.

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The Game

2020, 17'

Directed by:
Roman Hodel

Lukas Gut, Ramón Koenigshausen

Edited by:
Rolf Hellat, Ramón Hodel

Franziska Sonder, Urs Augstburger

Produced by:
Ensemble Film, SRF Swiss National Broadcaster

Festivals & Awards:

Hamptons International Film Festival 2020 – Best Documentary Short Film Award
Zurich Film Award 2020 – Best Short Film
Sulmona International Filmfestival 2020 – Best Documentary, Best Editing
Cairo International Film Festival 2020 – Special Jury Award
Fargo Film Festival 2021 – Best Short Documentary, Best Cinematography
Filmer le Travail 2021 – Prix Des Lycéens Et Des Apprentis, Prix Des Détenus
Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski 2021 – Best Grown Up Film
Barcelona International Short and Animation Festival 2021 – Documentary Competition Third Prize
IDFA 2020
Venice International Film Festival 2020
Toronto International Film Festival 2020
Hamptons International Film Festival 2020
International Short Film Festival Winterthur 2020
Sulmona International Film Festival 2020


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