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The Beautiful Game

Inspired by the release of Asif Kapadia’s Diego Maradona, the ultimate portrait of one of football’s most iconic, divisive figures, the Tyneside Cinema is delighted to present The Beautiful Game, a season celebrating the role football plays in politics and society, the inspiration it provides for high art, escapism and collective identity, and the obsessive fans and players that carry the sport to a place of transcendence.

From female football teams and fans using the sport as a tool of liberation, to the history of football in the North East and the hypnotic sight of Zinedine Zidane stalking the field through the lens of Douglas Gordon, this is the beautiful game. Excitement. Tension. A collective roar. Passionate. Political. It’s so much more than just a game.

Select screenings in this season are part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.  Explore all films and events at www.filmfeels.co.uk