The Referee

Showtimes

Film runs Tue, Jun 10 through Wed, Jun 11.

The Referee
L’arbitro | Paolo Zucca, 2013
Italy/Argentina | Italian with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 96 minutes

U.S. Premiere. Q&A with actor Jacopo Cullin at both screenings.

Sardinian third-league soccer team Atletico Pabarile is suddenly winning every match of the season, after years of losing consistently to Montecrastu, the team led by cocky and abusive landowner Brai. The return of soccer wizard Matzutzi (Jacopo Cullin) from a sojourn in Argentina has turned the team of farmers into unexpected champions—and now it feels like anything is possible. Enter Cruciani (a great Stefano Accorsi), a young referee greedily climbing his way to the top, and two cousins playing for Montecrastu who are involved in an escalating conflict about archaic sheep-breeding codes in Sardinia. These disparate plots come together explosively in the lush black-and-white world of Zucca’s slyly funny and utterly distinctive first feature.

Series: Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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