British Day of Football and Film

Friday, 16 March 2018

Football speaks the same language everywhere!  For the first time, a British Day of Football and Film will be part of the festival. We are proud to partner with the British Council in the UK/Germany 2018 Year of Culture. We bring together players, clubs and football fans from all over the world to share the team spirit, engage in discussions and watch the most important new releases of football films. 

Dennis Viollet: A United Man / 22 March, 20:00
In the 1950s Manchester United was victorious until half of the team died in a tragic plane crash. One survivor, Dennis Viollet, went on to be United’s most important player and later helped develop the American soccer league.

Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story / 25 March, 5:45 pm
In 1980, Justin Fashanu overcame tremendous obstacles and became one of the best football players in the UK. As the first black £1million player and only openly gay player in the league, the pressures of the spotlight began to wear on him.

George Best: All by himself / 24 March, 7:45 pm
He was football’s first rockstar – a charismatic Belfast boy who could excite the crowds with every turn of the ball. But George Best was also a flawed genius, brought down by alcohol, temptation and depression.

Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions / 22 March , 8:00 pm
50 years after Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup, the film tells the amazing stories of the men who claimed it.

Kenny / 24 March, 9:45 pm
Kenny Dalglish captured the hearts of Merseyside fans during his time at Liverpool FC, where as a player and manager he won 27 trophies.

Matter of heart / 25 March, 8:15 pm
When two German businessmen purchased Bradford City, a working-class English club in the third division, the fans were in uproar. What did the Germans want with the club? The moving documentary offers fascinating insights into the club’s changing dynamic during the owners’ first season.

Shankly: Nature's Fire / 24 March, 5:30 pm
The film explores the life and career of Bill Shankly, the legendary Liverpool FC coach whose passion for football bordered obsession and whose legacy is still etched in the hearts of the fans

Join us for screenings of current British films and documentaries, discussions and Q&As with filmmakers and representatives from the British football scene and so much more.

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