Looking back to look forward: EURO 2012

A powerful duality is encoded in the story of every international tournament.  While each lives uniquely—molded sui generis by its hosts, its champions, its famous haircuts—the emotions and feelings that grip a tournament remain starkly similar year-on-year.

In a similar spirit, this film, presented by UEFA and directed by Jack Weatherley, details the life of EURO 2012—but it’s also really about the nature of the international tournament as phenomenon, reflected and refracted through the unique perspectives of the spectacle—of fan and star, winner and loser, host and guest, defending champion and debutant.

Weatherley’s piece collects an index of the things that make a tournament special from all sides—what is feared, obsessed over, cried and cheered—and plays them back to us through a prism that renders the experience at once deeply familiar and also somehow alien.

The images are gorgeous, the voices powerful, and the work serves to remind us of the things we will inevitably feel this summer, as we roll steadily along toward Brazil. Watch The Score: The UEFA EURO 2012 Official Film here. [Posted by Zack]

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