Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

Rock 'n' Ball


Year: 2011
Country: UKRAINE
Run Time: 80 minutes

Rock 'n' Ball
Rock 'n' Ball
Rock 'n' Ball

An adorable urchin named Dima lives in the coal town of Donetsk in the eastern Ukraine. Donetsk is home to two professional soccer teams, and the boy is crazy about the sport. Dima is an orphan and lives with his uncle—who disappeared months ago. A very important day is coming up, when tryouts will be held for the local soccer academy. Since every boy must bring an adult along, Dima needs to find a dad for the day. He stumbles across an unsuitable parent in the form of Timan, a Polish rocker who lost his passport and money while drinking. Dima speaks only Russian and Timan mostly Polish, which doesn't discourage Dima from trying to get him to pretend he's his father. Timan attempts to shake off the kid while scrounging for booze and cigarettes. But when Dima follows him into a biker's bar, the two of them meet some new friends who might be able to help. ROCK 'N' BALL is a sweet story of cross-cultural misunderstanding, infused with rockin' Russian tunes. (In Russian and Polish with subtitles) –B.B.

Rock 'n' Ball

CIFF36 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Central and Eastern European Film Competition

Dmytro Prykhod'ko

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Dmitry Prikhodko was born in 1977 and attended the Kiev State I.K. Karpenko-Kary Institute of Theatrical Art, but was expelled for not passing his German language exams. He moved on to the Polish National Film, Television and Theater School in Lodz, where his professor encouraged him to make this film.

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ROCK 'N' BALL (2011)

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This film is presented with the generous support of CARL F. RAK.

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