Infinite Football

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    Infinite Football

    Fotbal Infinit

    Directed by



    70 min

    • Romanian


    One day, Laurentiu, the brother of a childhood friend of director Corneliu Porumboiu, decided to change the rules of football and tried without much success to promote the new sport. This prompted the director to want to know more about football: after all his father played football and hoped that he would become a professional player. What made Laurentiu want to break the rules? Was not it an attempt to point out how important freedom is?



    Laurențiu Ginghină
    Corneliu Porumboiu
    42 KM FILM


    The second feature-length documentary from Corneliu Porumboiu charts his friend’s obsessive quest to revolutionise football and develop a more harmonious game where the ball moves more and the players move less.

    Allan Hunter, ScreenDaily

    Infinite Football plays with the viewer, provoking a reaction.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    A true story which is also an odd social-realist parable, with a bit of the deadpan comedy and bureaucracy-satire.

    The Guardian

    Another playful exploration of the titular sport’s philosophical-figurative potential...Corneliu Porumboiu’s portrait of his eccentric childhood friend with big dreams of reinventing soccer is hilarious, heartbreaking and pleasingly subtle

    Sight & Sound

    Corneliu Porumboiu

    Corneliu Porumboiu


    Corneliu Porumboiu was born in 1975 in Vaslui. He studied film at the I.L.Caragiale University in Bucharest and received his degree in 2003. He made his first short film, GRAFFITI, in 2000. The two following short films he directed drew international attention: A TRIP TO THE CITY (Cinéfondation’s second prize in 2004), followed by LIVIU'S DREAM. In his first feature film, 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST, Porumboiu offers a very humorous view of Romania’s 1989 revolution. The film was presented in Cannes at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2006 and won the Caméra d’Or. Corneliu Porumboiu carried on subtly combining his work on cinematic form with a dissection of the Romanian society in POLICE, ADJECTIVE, selected for Un Certain Regard in 2009 (Jury Prize and Fipresci Prize). In 2014, his film, THE SECOND GAME had its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum. While, in 2015 he returned to Cannes in the 'Un Certain Regard' selection with THE TREASURE, that won the Un Certain Talent prize. The film also screened at Sarajevo FF and at Transilvania IFF, where it won the Best Romanian Film Award. His latest film THE WHISTLERS (2019) is competing for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 edition of the Festival de Cannes.

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