Sunday Ball

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Sunday Ball (Campo de Jogo)

A Cinema Slate Release
Directed by Eryk Rocha

Running time: 70 Minutes / Brazil

Eryk Rocha’s Sunday Ball focuses on a 14-team, annual soccer championship among favela teams in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Set in the Sampaio neighborhood (close to the Maracanã Stadium, where the 2014 World Cup final was held), the film brings audiences up-close to a final match between two rival teams: Geração (from the Matriz favela) and Juventude (from the Sampaio favela).

By rejecting the talking-heads approach and the much-too-common tactical view of the game, Rocha enters into the world of soccer from a sensorial and yet, socially grounded perspective. Here, the players' experiences take center stage, even informing a sound design that mixes noises from the match with music from Puccini, Wagner, Heitor Villa-Lobos, along with an original score composed by Jorge Amorim. As such, Sunday Ball is the very antithesis of a straightforward sports documentary.

As a great number of open fields previously used for soccer practice have been bought by real estate investors, it becomes clear that Mr. Rocha’s cinema is also an expression of an endangered Brazilian form of bonding and sociality – giving the film an extra layer of significance.


Sunday Ball (Campo de Jogo)

A Cinema Slate Release
Directed by Eryk Rocha
Running time: 70 Minutes / Brazil


Directed by Eryk Rocha
Producers – Eryk Rocha, Samantha Capdeville and Mônica Botelho
Executive producer – Samantha Capdeville
Original script – Eryk Rocha and Juan Posada
Director of Photography – Léo Bittencourt
Assistant director and research – Ludmila Curi
Editor – Renato Vallone
Sound editing – Waldir Xavier
Sound mixer – Frederico Massine and Henrique Ligeiro
Additional camera – Miguel Vassy, Bento Marzo, Renato Vallone and Joaquim Castro
Line producer – Juliana Calles
Composer – Jorge Amorim
Music – Henry Schroy
Mixing – Roberto Leite
Produced by Aruac Filmes, Filmegraph, Mutuca Filmes
Co-produced by Canal Brasil

MoMA’s Doc Fortnight
Festival do Rio

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DVD, Bluray

Official Trailer


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