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SIFF—The Footballest
Date: June 2, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Kirkland Performance Center Map it
350 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA
https://www.siff.net/ | https://www.siff.net/festival/the-footballest

Spain | 2018 | 98 minutes | Miguel Angel Lamata

Mixing manic comedy with Harriet the Spy detective skills, a hapless young soccer team has to not only win a game but solve a mystery to avoid their team’s disbanding.

Sweet and scrawny Pakete just can't catch a break. The 11-year-old Soto Alto Soccer Club player has just become the all-time penalty kick loser, playing so badly that videos of his many, many blunders have made him a YouTube sensation and have threatened to have his team knocked down to a lower division—and possibly having it replaced by a choir! With only three games left to prove their worth, the club sees a ray of hope with the arrival of talented central winger Helena. But when match referees mysteriously begin passing out mid-game, only to be replaced by a ref with questionable motives, the club quickly realizes that someone, for some reason, has stacked the deck against them. Soon, Pakete and the gang—including brainy Anita, pretty boy Toni, worrywart Angustias, and baby-faced Pedro—join forces to get to the bottom of the conspiracy, uncovering a vast network of scheming, conniving adults and learning the value of friendship and teamwork along the way in this fun and lively adaptation of the popular Spanish children's-book series "Los Futbolisimos" by Roberto Santiago. Recommended for ages 8+ (Comic violence)

— Hebe Tabachnik

Director Biography
Miguel Angel Lamata, born in Zaragoza in 1968, is Spanish scriptwriter for film and television and a film director. He developed his skills in the short film scene, directing several short films that displayed a personal world: metafiction, humor, B-movies, pop culture. He worked at various local television stations in Zaragoza on programs in a light-hearted and humorous style. He subsequently moved to Madrid, where he worked as a screenwriter on different comedy programs.

Sponsored by Accion Cultural Española, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Pagliacci Pizza, The Tourist Office of Spain

Original Language Title:  Los Futbolismos 
Director:  Miguel Angel Lamata 
Principal Cast:  Julio Bohigas, Milene Mayer, Marcos Milara, Iker Castin~eira, Jorge Usón 
Country:  Spain 
Year:  2018 
Running Time:  98 minutes 
Producer:  Jose A. Sanchez, Fernando de Miguel, Mikel Lejarza, Mercedes Gamero 
Screenplay:  Roberto Santiago, Pablo Fernandez Vazquez, Miguel Angel Lamata 
Cinematographers:  Teo Delgado 
Editors:  Nacho Blasco 
Music:  Fernando Velazquez 
Website:  Official Film Website 
Filmography:  Our Lovers (2016); Unresolved Sexual Tension (2010); Isi & Disi, alto voltaje (2006); Una de Zombis (2003) 
Language:  Spanish 
Has Subtitles:  Yes 
Format:  DCP 
International Sales:  Film Factory Entertainment