Football for Beginners
Andres owns a small business manufacturing windows. When it becomes apparent that his business partner won’t pay his share of the debt, Andres’s hopes for the future collapse. His business goes bankrupt and his employees are angry that they haven’t been paid for months and they beat him up. Even though he stubbornly refuses to see the severity of the situation and hides it from his family, Andres now has more free time than he’s had in years. Or, at least, he has the time that’s left over from seeing his bankruptcy trustee and chasing his debtors. Nonetheless, Andres has more free time than ever had before. And, for the first time, he now has time to go watch his ten-year-old son’s football matches. As he sits in the stands with the other fathers, Andres realizes that football is governed by a similar logic as business. He sees the same weaknesses in his son, Olaf, as the ones he reproaches himself for.
More and more, Andres starts to take part in Olaf’s life, until the fate of his son’s football team becomes the primary concern of the failed businessman. Andres has a lot of ready solutions and suggestions, which he uses to impose himself on the team’s matches and coaching, thereby also causing a lot of confusion. But when the club owners decide to liquidate the team, Andres and the other fathers take over and start coaching the boys. Except that it is practically impossible to consolidate all of the parents’ different opinions as to how a good team should be run. As time passes, the battle that the boys play on the football field carries over to the rivalry between the fathers on the sidelines.
Andres tries to control his son who could be much better if he would only listen to Andres’s “great” advice. Through slip-ups and mistakes, Andres slowly starts to make first steps to understand his place in his son’s life. And on the sidelines. Or, at least, it would become possible to arrive at this understanding, if he’d only listen to what his son has to say.
Andres Keil is freelance stage director and actor. He studied Stage Directing at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Theatre Science at Tartu University. He has also worked as a professional theatre critic and has written several plays. He is a member of Estonian Theatre Union.
Jaak Kilmi is graduated from the Department of Culture of Tallinn University, majoring in Film Directing. He has co-directed and produced a string of successful short films; a number of documentary films and two feature films (“Revolution of Pigs”, “Touched by the Unknown”) that have been awarded internationally and have enjoyed successful theater runs in Estonia.
He is a member of the Estonian Association of Film Journalists (the Estonian branch of FIPRESCI) since 1995. Since 2001 he teaches film directing at Estonian Art Academy and at the University of Tallinn.
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