Get Ready for the 2014 FIFA World Cup at Vancity Theatre

Linha de Passe plays at Vancity Theatre June 30

Linha de Passe plays at Vancity Theatre June 30

Gooooooo-aaaaa-lllllllllllll! The fervent shouts of soccer broadcasters worldwide is just around the corner and so is the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Football (I’m not talking CFL here) fanatics will be setting their PVRs or even better, their alarms to watch World Cup matches starting June 12.

If you’re both a fan of the ‘beautiful game’ and cinema, then Vancity Theatre is the place to be June 11-July 2. For three weeks, Vancity Theatre will present five films focused on football plus a World Cup match during their Beautiful Game film series

Fla v Flu play at Vancity Theatre on June 11.

Fla v Flu plays at Vancity Theatre on June 11.

On June 11, the Vancouver International Film Festival and Vancity Theatre kicks off their tribute to a month of soccer mania with a showing of Fla v Flu a Brazilian documentary about the two largest football clubs – Flamengo (’Fla’) and Fluminense (’Flu’) – in the country. The film promises to be an intriguing narrative that chronicles the passion and fanaticism that drives Brazil’s national sport. In Brazilian style, the film premiere will be a party. Ticket are $22 and include live music by Celia Enestrom band and a caipirinha.

The World Cup officially starts June 12 when Brazil faces Croatia at 12:30 P.S.T. Vancity Theatre is hosting a free viewing of the game but you need get there early to grab a seat.

Rudo y Cursi plays at the Vancity Theatre June 16

Rudo y Cursi plays at the Vancity Theatre June 16

Mexican actors Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal reunite in Carlos Cuaron’s for Rudo y Cursi. According to the New York Times film critic AO Scott, Rudo y Cursi “mixes soap-opera sentimentality with playful, jumpy aggression and dresses a bittersweet, rags-to-riches fable in the bright clothes of pop satire.” Grab tickets for this June 16, 6:30 p.m. show here.

Next up is Linha de Passe on June 30 at 8:30 p.m.  The film is gets its name for the line of players down which the ball is passed when all are playing properly together. An ensemble film by director Walter Salles (Motorcycle Diaries, Paris Je t’aime and Central Station), Linha de Passe follows four brothers who are looking to get a leg up on life,while becoming professional footballers. Grab tickets here.

Other films in the VIFF/Vancity Theature Beautiful Game series are biopics focusing on the personality and skills of two famous footballers. Heleno on June 23 features babelicious Rodrigo Santoro as the soccer player Pele idolized. On July 7, Serbian film-maker Emir Kusturica directs  Maradona by Kusturica a documentary about the ‘sex pistol of international football’.

Do you have a favourite soccer movie? Share your picks in the comments section below. 


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