ZWYCIĘZCY I PRZEGRANI 42/04
LOSERS AND WINNERS
screenplay and direction:
photography: Andrzej Musiał
editing: Mirosław Dembiński
2004 / Betacam / 58 min and 6x25 min
The Street Football World Championship for Homeless People took place in Austria in July 2003. Eighteen teams from all over the world took part. They represented: Russia, Italy, Slovakia, England, Romania, USA, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and many other countries.
The pitch and stands were situated in Graz in front of the medieval town hall. The four-man teams played it out for the title of ‘World Champion among homeless people’. Football returned to its roots as the street game as it was over one hundred years ago. 160 players lived in tents in the main square in the town centre. They had the chance to get to know each other not only on the pitch but also while eating, having fun and making bonfires. The film follows the teams from Poland, Russia, USA and Brazil over several months of their preparations and their participation in the competition in Graz.
„Sport and society. Sport and solidarity” at the International Sport Film
Festival in Milan (Italy) 2004
Grand Prix „White Cobra” at the Media Festival “Man in Danger“ in Łódź (Poland) 2004
Best Documentary Award at the “Prowincjonalia” Polish-National Festival of Film Art in Września (Poland) 2005
Grand Prix at the Optimistic Film Festival “Happy End” in Wrocław (Poland) 2005
„Losers and Winners” | Kino
Mirosław Dembiński won the White Cobra Grand Prix with his film “Losers and Winners”, filmed with great élan, portraying the football World Cup for the Homeless. We get to know intimately the heroes of several international teams selected to participate in the event.
„Losers and Winners” | Viewer’s opinion from the Internet
Since yesterday I haven’t been able to stop my admiration from flowing. Absolutely unreal. It just happened!!! Documentary and what’s more, it’s warm, optimistic, powerful and full of hope. The film really impressed me (…) Respect for this magical and beautiful film.