Festival Fever: Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Festival, 4/23-24

World Cup fever comes to the Berkshires, as the World Cup is about to kick off in South Africa on June 11.

The World Cup is a truly international sporting event (unlike say, the World Series) that takes place every four years. The tournament crowns the best football team (or as we here in America call it, soccer team) on the planet. It is the most widely viewed sporting event on earth.

And to help get you excited about the upcoming matches, the fine folks at MASS MoCA are hosting a festival of soccer movies for the upcoming weekend and given it the clever name of “Kicking & Screening.”

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To its credit, “Kicking and Screening” didn’t go with the obvious selections, either. “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Invictus,” for example, aren’t in the fest. You’ll have to go to your local video rental store or Netflix for those.

Here’s the trailer for “Sixty Six,” which kicks off the fest:

Here’s the schedule of films and other related events:

1pm: “Sixty Six” (feature film)
3pm: Live soccer juggling demonstration by Freestyle Soccer
8pm: “Les Yeux Dans Les Bleus” (feature film)

1pm: “Beyond Soccer,” “In the Blood,” “Mauro Shampoo: Soccer Player, Hairdresser and Macho” (short films)
3pm: “We Call It Soccer: The USA’s Influence on the World’s Game” (panel discussion with Adam Spangler, Grant Wahl, Greg Lalas, Zohair Ghenania)
8pm: “90 Minutes: The World Cup of New York City” (feature film)

Admission is $8 per event; kids $5. Full festival passes are also available for $25; students and kids $15.

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