When sport and art join forces they are capable of moving people at surprising levels, and it is something like this that is expected to happen in the German capital, where cinema and art will go hand in hand.
Between the 4th and 7th of June this year, the UEFA Champions League final in Berlin will serve as a way to bring cinema and football together, in the German capital.
According to the organisers, several of the most universal figures in sport will come together in an open-air cinema marathon at the Port of Brandenburg, which under the name of Festival Champions will function as an entrance and exit of the Final between Barcelona, of Spain and Juventus, of Italy, on the 6th of June.
One of the most anticipated moments of this initiative will take place right before the final: the Ultimate Champion’s match, played by starts “who will return to the pitch for one night only”, although, it has not yet been made public who the players will be.
All of this has generated great hope among fans, who have only dreamt of seeing local stars like Michael Ballack, Bernd Schneider or Oliver Neuville amongst others, who up until only a few years ago, dazzled both German and foreign supporters.
As for the film buffs, it will be a good opportunity for them to see the most relevant short films at the International Cinema and Football Festival, as well as a film about the Champions, with historic moments from this continental competition.
At this melting pot of demonnstraations, football and cinema will not be the only themes, as the renowned, American creative group, Blue Man Group, will also be performing.
Following the match, DJ Robin Schultz, nominated for a Grammy Award, will have people up dancing to his music.
It is also expected that there will be the opportunity to get a photo taken with the legendary trophy, the original Champions trophey, while others can win tickets to the Final through competitions during the festival, which will include autograph signatures.
It is not all rosy
However, the organisers advise that due to television rights and for sponsorship reasons, the live match will not be shown in the Brandenburg area.
Therefore, those who in addition to the art, want to enjoy the Live Argentinian match between Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Carlos Tévez (Juventus), will have to go to another location.
However, the idea of merging football and art in one single event is still commendable as they both soothe and pacify the soul.
(Translated by Eleanor Gooch)