Welcome to the 2012 MUBI World Cup.
If you have not already done so, please read the first post at this topic for an introduction to and rules about this year’s World Cup:
The deadline to submit a list of films has passed, and all of the countries participating and films to be used in the cup have now been determined.
The purpose of this topic will be for me to announce the dates and details of upcoming matches. Each match will feature two films from different countries competing against each other. A topic will be posted for each match when it begins. Matches will begin and end at approximately 10:00 PM GMT
During the match anyone who has seen both films may vote for whichever one they preferred. Voters are also strongly encouraged to share their observation and opinions about the films and discuss them. The voting outcomes in the matches will have an impact on potential future matches and which country will ultimately be crowned the winner. I am keeping the exact mechanics of how this will work a secret for now.
Also, once the films are announced, I strongly encourage users to post their own topics in the World Cup section of the forum for introducing and discussing the films. It would also be great if some people could post topics regarding the cinemas of particular countries competing in the cup.
The schedule and match results will also be listed in a more condensed form here:
WHERE TO WATCH THE FILMS
I will compile internet links for sources to watch the films on a webpage outside of MUBI in case you have trouble finding the films on your own. To view this website you must send me a personal message on MUBI requesting access. You may send me a personal message by clicking here:
I NEED YOUR HELP
I will also need help from other MUBI users to help me find or upload films to streaming sources to be watched by other users. I may also need help with other aspects of managing the cup such as posting matches. I am setting up a topic where people can dialogue about which films they are working on getting available, and also where I can post if I need help. If you would like to offer to help me in any of these ways please visit this topic regularly and post a response of how you can offer to help:
WORLD CUP TAB
All topics regarding the World Cup should be found here:
I know many of your are getting anxious to have some matches announced. Well I’m still waiting on another user who I won’t name to spare from your scorn. But before I announced the first match, I wanted to acknowledge the countries for which I received film submission, but not enough to allow the country to compete in the cup. Hopefully this will be something to wet your wistle in the meanwhile. Here are the countries and the films:
Burkina FasoWend Kuuni (directed by Gaston Kaboré) (1982) – Submitted by Cat
The Burnt Theatre (directed by Rithy Panh) (2005) – Submitted by twodeadmagpiesThe Rice People (directed by Rithy Panh) (1994) – Submitted by apursansar and Stavrogin
ChadAbouna (directed byMahamat-Saleh Haroun) (2002) – Submitted by Kenji
EcuadorRodents (directed by Sebastián Cordero) (1999) – Submitted by apursansar
EthiopiaHarvest: 3000 Years (directed by Haile Gerima) (1976) – Submitted by Blue K, Custodian of the Cinema and scorpiorising
MaliBamako (directed by Abderrahmane Sissako) (2006) – AngelWork (directed by Souleymane Cissé) (1978) – Submitted by Angel
MongoliaThe Story of the Weeping Camel (directed by Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni) (2003) – Submitted by -VAHID-
ParaguayParaguayan Hammock (Paz Encina) (2006) – Submitted by apursansar
ScotlandColour Poems (directed by Margaret Tait) (1974) – Submitted by twodeadmagpiesA Portrait of Ga (directed by Margaret Tait) (1955) – Submitted by Cat
VietnamAt the Height of Summer (aka The Vertical Ray of the Sun) (Tran Anh Hung) (2000) – Submitted by Kenji
you sexy mofo, risselada. thank you for doing this.
Not gonna lie, this is quite exciting.
So the countries above didn’t have enough submissions (still some interesting recommendations…). Then there’s a good smattering of countries that we can reliably – and unfortunately – guess didn’t get any submissions, for reasons of availability or whatever else – Oceania after Australia and New Zealand, much of the Caribbean, many African countries, some of the Middle East, microstates in Europe, etc…
And after that, can we safely assume that ALL remaining countries could compete/are competing? Seems like quite a lot more than 51! Exciting indeed.
Also, looks like Wales got in. Kenji will be pleased.
It would also be great if some people could post topics regarding the cinemas of particular countries competing in the cup.
This would be fantastic. Hope some interesting discussions are coming up.
Malkin, I think you’ll find some surprises about which countries will be playing.
ah shit, had I known about Burkina Faso and Mali and Vietnam needing couple more films each, I think I could’ve helped. :/ I thought for sure Burkina Faso would get in as they are the new hub of sub-Saharan African filmmaking. (well, outside of the risible Nollywood of Nigeria).
So Scotland won’t be part of the Cup? :(
You should have submitted a film from Scotland Maximilian!
I thought about it, but I can’t say I really love any (and I call myself a Scot). But I’ll keep in mind the two submissions there – hopefully they’ll make for some good discoveries!
I would have submitted Bill Douglas for Scotland but he’s already been involved in a cup, same of course with many other countries that could have taken part.
Thanks for all the work, Riss, and this is an interesting way of doing things. Selection by committee not single manager does happen in some sports too.
This is gonna be a rare moment in the cinema spotlight for Wales. I’ll be interested to see which the 3rd Welsh film is and the line-up of countries, and it’ll be fun supporting an underdog. I’m happy with the way the Rugby has started, whatever happens here.
Have you guys been plundering my 100 films 100 countries list? Looks like I might actually be able to vote on some matches when this thing gets going! :)
sad Scotland didn’t make it, everyone should check out Margaret Tait’s films though
I just hope Spielberg’s 1941 makes it in, it is totally kick ass
I’m really hoping my submission for Israel gets in :O I’ll be very sad if someone doesn’t like it though ):
but anyway, this seems like it will be fun (O:
I submitted an Israeli film, so looks like the country will be in the cup, maybe Palestine or Lebanon too, fingers crossed.
@Kenji : What did you submit for Israel ? I myself submitted Assi Dayan‘s Life According to Agfa
And is it safe to assume that you submitted Ziad Doueiri’s West Beyrouth for Lebanon ?
I submitted a Palestine film, I think would lead to some good discussion
“I thought for sure Burkina Faso would get in as they are the new hub of sub-Saharan African filmmaking. (well, outside of the risible Nollywood of Nigeria).”
I am surprised Blue as well about Burkina Faso and Mali not making it. I actually concentrated on some lesser known African counries so I am sure we will be seeing some representation from Africa, but maybe just that little more obscure. The problem I had with Burkina Faso was the films I had seen from that country were all picked in the last cup and could not be repeated.
I am really looking forward to finding out which countries made it through though!!
I really wanted to submit Rania Stephan’s The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni for Lebanon, but I unfortunately couldn’t be sure I could find a copy. I saw it projected at MoMA PS1 and it was amazing! It’s a film made out of clips films starring famous Egyptian actress Soad Hosni arranged in a way that commented on her life and, similarly, the treatment of women in Egyptian society. All the clips are sourced from VHS and the exhibit included the boxes of the videos used, so that was really interesting too. It’s distributed by ArteEast and I think it will play at the theater where I work in Philadelphia in late 2012.
@ Stavrogin: Broken Wings (Bergman) for Israel, and yes West Beirut for Lebanon
bummed about vietnam not making it, especially after browsing this list…
israel will be interesting…anyone submit any david perlov? smz has gone berserk with israeli films at the minute, so any help navigating them…..
^ Thanks for the link, what a fantastic list!
Venimos los Jodimos’ lists, like the Vietnam one, are a great resource that don’t seem to be getting the attention they deserve
Nice to see the national flags. Maybe there should be a flags world cup.
@Kenji: I’m glad you submitted West Beyrouth ; it deserves a lot more recognition than the commercial and mediocre Lebanese films that have been released these recent years .
But, we’ll be butting heads ;)
Whew! Finally I can announce the first match.
Monday, February 27
Awesome, glad to see a Naderi film made it. Very much looking forward to “Lust for Gold”. :)
Nice! Watching one of these tonight!