Anastasia Tasic has a passion for superheroes. She even hosts one in her room in a tiny self made puppet set. For her episode in the film this super will become Iron Man, equipped with the super power to: iron. Of course Iron Man can also fly and is very much into watching football. Probably that’s why he misses to tackle the problem with the city being attacked by a monster in a prober way.
The monster on the other side is not the classical Godzilla-style creature with big claws and bad manners. Tatiana Moshkova’s monster is made of people who couldn’t watch the match properly because of a power blackout. Who said that football makes people aggressive? No football is even worse.
The stories of Anastasia and Tatiana will interact over the course of the film and finally give us the answer to the question: Will Iron Man finally save the city from the destruction caused by the monster? And will electricity be back before the end of the match?
The story of our film takes of from ground- into space. Nenad Krstic places his part of the story of football-watching people around the globe on a space ship. While all the other members of the crew watch the final match, only the navigator is left to keep the ship out of trouble. Bad luck that just now a massive munch of asteroids heads for the ship….
Hoologanism is a problem quiet common in Russia. So we are told. Tatianna Moshkova lets a crowd of football fans get violent after electricity breaks down in the city. The fans literally become a monster which is devastating the city. While both hooligans and monster are clearly up for evil, the first still have a certain association to football. When the football is gone (how do you watch a broadcast of a match when electricity is off?), it’s clearly monster time….
With Watching the Ball being an episode film about the problems of watching football, what is needed in the first place, obviously is some good episodes. For inspiration we started a bit before that point and asked ourselves: In which places and situations people use to see football matches? And more interestingly: in which conditions they regularly don’t, but the possibility would be there nevertheless? So immediately we had a start: public transport, prison, home in the midst of marital problems, a bar and a cab: our first scenes.
It is full spring in Berlin, Sitting on a bench in Treptower Park, I’m thinking about the best plot for a multinational episode film. Trying to fit the different cultural perspectives of the team into a subject my thoughts drive off to lighter topics. The news I was listening in the morning. The buzz everybody is making about the forthcoming championship. And there we go. Isn’t football such an universal subject that it moves people in a way, otherwise only elementary needs do? How much will audiences reactions differ around the world? What about making the question, how universaly such a match truly is, the core of the story?