Porumboiu's 'The Second Game' at ICA's Cinematheque

01/09/2015 @ Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Institute of Contemporary Arts presents Corneliu Porumboiu’s 'The Second Game' as part of their Cinematheque's Offside season, which showcases films that use football as a means to explore wider social and political issues. We are excited to team up with the prestigious creative hub from the Mall to support one of Romanian helmer's most personal and original works.

Grainy and nostalgic footage of a football match between two Bucharest teams that took place in 1988 is accompanied by an off-screen narration from the referee of this match and his son, director Corneliu Porumboiu, watching and discussing the game 25 years later.


'Porumboiu, known for interrogating cinematic canons, creates new definitions for documentary with the curious simplicity of this piece, and both his father and he confront this simplicity in their narrative conversation.

As players chase the ball around a snowy pitch, Porumboiu’s father shares behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the match he was part of, as well as a less sentimental discussion of the shady political corruption of the country’s football scene; the game took place just one year before the 1989 revolution that toppled the Communist regime in Romania.

Context is fundamental to The Second Game (Al doilea joc); it manifests itself not just in political themes, but in terms of memory, retrospection, father-son relations, the notion of sport as a vehicle of hope and the meta-questioning of changing the context of found footage into cinema.' (ICA website)

The film had its UK premiere in 2014, as part of the East End Film Festival
In Romanian with English subtitles. 97 min.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrCJogeyXvA 
Corneliu Porumboiu Q&A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7idKQoFK6Y


When: Tuesday 1 September, 6.30pm.
Where: ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
Tickets: £6 / £3 ICA Members. Book Online