Monday, May 24, 2010

2006 Movie World Cup Revisited

I wanted to gather the 2006 Movie World Cup results in one location. The 2006 Movie World Cup was a unique experiment that proved to be such a success that I followed it up with three further soccer movie tournaments -- 2007 Copa America, Euro 2008 and the upcoming 2010 Movie World Cup.

1) Rules and kick-off notes.

I could only manage to track down films from 22 of the 32 countries taking part. Although it was impossible to get films from all 32 countries back in 2006 as Saudi Arabia only made its first feature back in 2006, a title that I have still not come across. The good thing was that I able to have 2 films from each of the 8 groups so atleast a fair tournament was possible.

2) 1st round results.

3) 2nd Round. Also known as the Round of 16.

4) Quarter Finals.

5) Semi-Finals.

The final four films were:
South Korea: Lady Vengeance (Park Chan-wook)
Holland: Turkish Delight (Paul Verhoeven)
Brazil: The Middle of the World (Vicente Amorim)
Germany: Signs of Life (Werner Herzog)

6) Final and 3rd place.

The Brazilian film edged out the German entry narrowly on an emotional penalty shoot out to claim top prize.

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