Here is the East End Film Festival introduction: A timely film in a World Cup year, Romanian New Wave auteur Corneliu Porumboiu’s (12:08 East of Bucharest, Police, Adjective) The Second Game takes us back to 3rd of December 1988, a night in which the director’s father filmmaker was acting as the referee in a football match between two Bucharest teams, Steaua and Dinamo. 25 years later, the two sit down to re-watch the match together. The result is a commentary on father-son relations, the transition from a dictatorship to democracy, and the numerous ways that the beautiful game can act as a vehicle for hopes, fears and memories of those that watch it. A glorious film.
Here is an excerpt.