Photo: "Fubolin" by Juan Jose Campanella
The rematch of a game of “Futbolin” (table soccer) played years ago by two little boys turns into a fight for honor, love and the future of a village in the latest film by Argentine Juan Jose Campanella, which is also his first foray into animation.
The winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film with “El Secreto de Tus Ojos” (The Secret in Their Eyes) said in Buenos Aires that he is in the home stretch of a project he started five years ago, in which more than 300 people have taken part and whose budget is up around $20 million, almost double the original estimate.
“It’s much bigger than any movie I’ve made up to now, but compared with any film made in the United States it’s 10 times tinier,” Campanella said at a press conference for Spanish media.
“Futbolin” tells of a battle between a timid boy, Amadeo, and a kid who is just the opposite, El Crack, who becomes a global soccer star and returns to his village with the idea of buying it up, making it into a theme park and avenging the only defeat he ever suffered in his life - the one inflicted by Amadeo when they played table soccer so long ago.
To upset his plans, the leading character counts on the help of Wing and the other players of his inseparable table soccer squad, revitalized in a crazy game in which they extol the virtues of “team spirit, friendship and love,” Campanella said.