Goethe at the World Cup - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Goethe at the World Cup

Goethe at the World Cup

Published June 2, 2006

In relation to the World Cup, the Goethe Institute in Iceland has organised a cultural programme, focusing on football and German culture. Among the programme’s highlights is the Weltsprache Fußball – Planet Football photo exhibition in Borgarleikhúsið, featuring photographs from members of the Magnum Photos Agency. The exhibition plays with the world’s fascination with football, focusing on diverse themes, such as football and religion and football and gender. The exhibition opens June 9th, 30 minutes before Germany and Costa Rica kick off the World Cup’s opening game.

The Goethe Institute also puts on a film festival as a part of the cultural programme, with football as the focal point. June 6th, The Miracle of Bern will be screened at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. The critically acclaimed film tells the story of the 1954 German national team that won a dramatic victory over Hungary in the ’54 World Cup Finals. The team’s success united a nation torn from the terrors of the WWII and gave the German people a sense of worth.

June 10th, a movie marathon, aptly dubbed Shoot Goals, Shoot Movies, is planned in the Old Library in Hafnarfjörður, from 11-18. On display will be cartoons and shorts from 44 directors, selected from a pool of out of 611 directors from 75 countries who entered their films in the 2004 Berlin Talent Campus competition. Also shown will be the feature films focusing on football.

For more information on the film festival visit: http://www.goethe.de/ges/spr/prj/tor/film/fpw/enindex.htm

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