Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

THE GOLDEN BALL
(Le Ballon d'or)

 

Year: 1993
Country: France/Guinea
Run Time: 90 minutes

THE GOLDEN BALL

From Hollywood's output you might guess the most popular sport in the world is basketball. It's not. Soccer (the original 'football') is the international language of skill, strategy, and grand fun, from the mighty stadiums of Europe to a small West African tribal village where 11-year-old Bandian, a self-taught football prodigy, dreams of owning a genuine leather soccer ball instead of the plastic imitations at the market. Then a kindly Doctors-Without-Borders volunteer gives the boy a used ball, a simple act that sends Bandian on an adventure that changes his existence forever. This is no simplistic rags-to-riches tale; sometimes the right things seem to happen for entirely wrong reasons. Yet in the end it's the recurring image of a soccer ball that tells young Bandian he's reaching his life's goals. Joyous and unpredictable, THE GOLDEN BALL not only tells a wonderful story but provides a realistic glimpse at modern Africa and, in particular, Conakry, Guinea - a sister city of Cleveland. (In French with English subtitles) - Charles Cassady

Screenplay
Cheik Doukoure, David Caravon

Director
Cheik Doukoure

Producer
Monique Annaud

Cinematography
Alain Choquart

Editing
Michele Robert Lauhac

Principal Cast
Aboubacar Sidiki Sumah, Aboubacar Koita, Anges Sorel, Habib Hammoud, Salif Kieta

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