Friday, January 27, 2023

Who is the Georgian filmmaker who predicted Messi to be world champion?

“What do we see when we look up at the sky?” (“What do we see when we look at the sky?”), a 2021 film by Georgian Alexander Koberidze, as Lionel Messi finally becomes world champion. It was not a film about La Pulga, nor was it a sports film, although the spirit of football runs through it: it was the story of two lovers who find themselves mistaken when, due to a curse, they are no longer together. Does not recognize other’s face. A love story, as it were, between a Georgian filmmaker and an Argentine player: for a reason, the film is named because of Messi’s gesture every time he scores a goal and looks up at the sky.

Because Messi, he told Roger Coza in La Voz newspaper, “is one of the few people whose life I follow so closely, someone who has given me a lot and from whom I have learned. With this film I wanted to share some of my passions and Leo is one of them. But not just passion, because he is a ray of light, a sign of existence of beautiful white, blue and sky light.

For this reason, when he was called as a jury at the last Mar del Plata Festival, and saw how the date practically coincided with the start of the World Cup, Koberidze decided to stay in Argentina and experience the tournament. decided. He watched the games in Buenos Aires, in the legendary Cairo of Messi’s land Rosario (and about a musician he loved without knowing, he told Roger Coza, he was Argentine and Rosario’s Gato Barbieri). There, he warned, he would film a feature film called “Dos Corazón”.

Koberidze also sports a chop among filmmakers. He felt at home during his stay, because “what I love about Argentina is that you can talk about football with anybody; Most of my friends in Georgia find it boring. Sharing football with so many people is heaven.”

It’s for the director, as he told EL DIA when his film premiered on the Mubi platform, that soccer “is one of the things that unites us. I played with my friends, Spent years with him talking about football, it was the only thing we did for years, growing up and getting to know each other.”

The truth is that as the days wore on in Argentina, Koberidze was watching how, slowly, his prediction, of seeing Messi the world champion, came true. The story of his film ends with that happy ending: the love story that took place with the fictional World Cup in the background, the joy of which the Georgians have watched Argentina fans in Bangladesh, Haiti and Naples these weeks with passion. While in the streets, children painted “Macey” on their backs in gold letters to celebrate the triumph of the impossibility of that great act of final judgment.

Because the fact that the most prestigious trophy in the world was not in Leo’s showcase was an injustice that everyone understood, and football fan Keberidze corrected the fantasy, not knowing that he was a prophet. He also righted another injustice, the first football player he had to live with: Italy 90.

“That World Cup was the first time I entered the world of football. I was a boy, a game was played and at the end, I was looking at this man who was crying… It was an important moment in my life. moment was: my mom told me it was the best footballer in the world and I had lost, that was an important lesson, I didn’t get it; it was important to see someone cry and still be a hero, someone To lose and still find love, it’s a beautiful lesson for a six-year-old child, to be able to lose, to be able to cry, to be emotional,” Koberidze told the medium.

For this reason, he said then, Maradona “means a lot to me.” Like Messi. “Since 2014, when Argentina played the final against Germany, I wanted to do something with that injustice. So, I started thinking of making a film where Messi would be world champion one day,” he explained. “An expression of true love for Leo, who has given me so much in my life. I have learned a lot from him and he has given me immense joy… I think 99% of people will never see this film, but it was important for me to do this tribute.

Why? “There was a moment when I believed in the unspeakable again, and it was through watching Leo: he makes possible what should have been impossible,” he said. “Looking at his career gives me the feeling that it is part of a story, an invented story: watching it gives me the feeling that someone has made these things, I don’t know who. That’s why I admire him. I do, but whoever is writing that story.”

Finally the story has a happy ending, as if it was actually written by someone. Maybe he was: “I knew,” Messi said after winning the World Cup, “that God was going to give it to me.”

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