Tuesday, 25 October 2011

This weekend's movies: We're feeling sporty, with "Goal" in Dili and a special screening at the horse races in Batugade

We couldn't resist the opportunity to hold a special movie  screening at the Timor-Leste border town of Batugade this SATURDAY (October 29th, programme TBA) because everyone will be there for the inauguration of Timor-Leste's new horse racing track (see http://fotos.sapo.pt/atauro_oan/fotos/?uid=HOC5wo3JJlcmogiKV39e).  Horses and racegoers from other Indonesian islands and neighbouring West Timor (Indonesia) will be joining the newly-formed Timor-Leste Racing Association for the opening ceremony and 2-day race event. 

So that means that our Government House show on Saturday will be CANCELLED.  But it's business as usual at the Sunset Fair on Friday (October 28th) and at Government House on Sunday (October 29th), where we'll be screening "Goal" - which is going to delight Dili's many football (soccer) fans. (English with Bahasa Indonesia subtitles).

Coming up in Dili in November:  "Wallace & Gromit" (subt  Bahasa Indonesia),  "Hotel Rwanda" (subt Bahasa Indonesia), "Planet of the Apes" (subt Bahasa Indonesia), "Avatar" (subt Bahasa Indonesia), and a return to the football theme with "Africa United" IN TETUM. Watch this space for programme details.

"Goal" tells the story of  Santiago Munez (Kuno Becker), a footballer who is given the chance of a lifetime. But he must leave his family, his life in Los Angeles and everything that he knows to travel halfway around the globe to England and into a completely foreign world – the exciting, fast-paced and glamorous world of international soccer.

As an underprivileged Mexican-American immigrant growing up in the poor section of Los Angeles, Santiago seemed destined to follow his father’s path in life: laboring at menial jobs to earn just enough money to support his family. Naturally gifted, his amazing talent on the soccer field was wasted in recreation league games while he could only dream of playing on the world stage of professional soccer. But when a British scout (Stephen Dillane) discovers his talent and gets him a tryout with one of England’s premier soccer clubs, Newcastle United, Santiago must choose between his father’s fate and his own destiny.

Now alone in a world where soccer is a religion and players are gods, this underdog must prove that he’s got the talent and determination to make it amongst the best in the world.