Ivan’s game

2 Nov 2021

Friday 12th November at 4.45 pm – Fondazione Riccardo Catella – first floor

Calcio / Soccer

Gral Film / T-Film

CROATIA  2019, 52 min

Director/Regista: Tomislav Zaja

Editing/Montaggio: Vanja Sirucek

Photos/Foto: Jasenko Rasol

Soundtrack/Colonna Sonora: Vjeran Salamon

Producer/Produttore: Tomislav Zaja

 

Ivan Gudelj is the youngest captain in the history of Yugoslavia national football team, the best young player of Europe in 1979, and one of the ideal 11 at the 1982 World Cup in Spain whose career suddenly stopped because of the Hepatitis B virus that ruined him. It is a story of an exceptional man who lost everything because of the illness, but eventually won his life’s game. How can you continue your life when the whole world collapses around you like a house of cards? How do you flip the score in a game that’s already lost? Is there life after football?