SPORTS ‘SCREENINGS’ SET TO SOAR TEMPERATURES OF THIS CRICKET SEASON
How many of you switched channels to see how Rafa (Rafael Nadal was doing in the finals of the French open, and switched back to the India game at the World cup. But beyond this, interest for other sports does rise during a festive sporty season. In the World cup season though, sports lovers are in for another treat, a festival of sporty films. Now that’s what you call a great shotSport has always provided much drama and added colour to life. Sport in cinema makes for a fabulous marriage; an examination of the human condition through sport examined closely through cinema. Film for Thought at Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho-Panjim, is screening a number of sports based films under Sports Fever. It kicked off on Tuesday with American film ‘Hoosiers’, starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper. Recently voted “the fourth best sports film of all time” by The American Film Institute, ‘Hoosiers’ features one of Hackman’s most underrated performances as the coach of a small-town high-school basketball team.
The man behind the entire exercise, Arvind Sivakumaran, who is curating the film festival, said, “It’s world-cup time and to celebrate this month and half of non-stop sport, we present ‘Sports Fever @ Sunaparanta’. Over the next four weeks, we will showcase six sports films that explore the sports field as a metaphor for the game of life. Next Wednesday, he said, they will be showcasing ‘Chariots of Fire’, starring Ian Charleson, Ian Holm and Ben Cross. The winner of the 1981 Oscar for Best Picture is remembered mainly for Vangelis’ moving and ethereal music score but is also a beautifully directed drama of two British athletes competing in the 1924 Paris Olympics – one runs to fight bigotry and the other for the greater glory of God. On Tuesday, June 18, ‘Tin Cup’ starring Kevin Costner and Rene Russo will be screened. Kevin essays the role of the loser golf “pro” in this romantic sports comedy who has always had the talent but not the temperament to make it in the big league. Fate gives him another chance to overcome his mental baggage and finally achieve glory but can he overcome his self-destructive nature and win the US open or will he forever remain the “great” that no one has heard of? Robert Redford stars in ‘The Natural’, which will be screened on June 19. It is a movie with a strong emphasis on myth, mysticism and divinity. This allegorical and inspirational adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s novel is a beautifully shot and inspiring parable of Roy Hobbs, the late bloomer who lost his way at a young age but returns to defy age and prove the adage that that you can never put down real talent even in the sports world where youth always has the advantage. Arsenal fans will have much to cheer with the screening of ‘Fever Pitch’ starring Colin Firth on June 26. A film that deals with the fan rather than the sportsman, Colin Firth is excellent in an early comedic role as the football mad Arsenal fanatic whose loyalty to the football club threatens his peace of mind and romantic relationship with his football-averse schoolteacher colleague. The final movie that ends this excellent festival will star Ben Kingsley on July 3. ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’ starring the man who made his name as Gandhi is that sports film that resonates with rare intelligence. Steven Zaillian’s introspective drama follows a young child prodigy Max, as he grapples with the different approaches, strategies and techniques thrown at him by chess coaches and parents who try to cultivate the next Bobby Fischer. While we pray for our boys in Blue to conquer ‘ole blighty’, we hope we get inspiration and hope from all these films.
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