Apr
20
2007
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THE GRAND FINALE – A UNIQUE INSIGHT

THE GRAND FINALE – A UNIQUE INSIGHT

Already on sale for several weeks, the 2006 FIFA World Cup TM Film, “The Grand Finale”, rekindles the sense of excitement that the matches in Germany generated last year and, at the same time, captures the emotions, exuberance and drama that prevailed from the initial knock-out stages right through to the final thanks to unique footage of the event. This is football, as it has never been seen before.
The close-up, intimate style of the documentary provides a compelling look at the highs and lows of the players and fans as they face the triumphs and adversities of the beautiful game. Moreover, it goes far further than merely reproducing the key moments of the tournament in that it provides an inside perspective on the feelings of the players, their coaches, the fans and the officials.
Featuring exclusive interviews with Didier Drogba, Horacio Elizondo, Thierry Henry, Jens Lehmann, Michael Ballack, Hidetoshi Nakata and 2006 FIFA World Player Fabio Cannavaro, the film is narrated by former 007 Pierce Brosnan and directed by Michael Apted, who collaborated on the 1999 James Bond film “The World is Not Enough”.
The film provides viewers with unseen and exclusive footage of the tournament – different camera angles, incredible sounds from the pitch and an insight into the color provided by the fans on the terraces.
“ I am sure that the film will rapidly become a collector’s item because of its convincing and creative account of some of the best moments in FIFA World Cup had to offer,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.
The producers of the film, Peter and Stevie Hargitay, are satisfied, too: “Foe the first time, the official film was directed by one of the world’s leading documentary directors, Michael Apted. It shows the beautiful game from angles and perspectives that we’ve never seen before. And as the entire programme was shot with 35 mm cameras, the quality and photography is exceptional. And Pierce Brosnan – a fan who knows his football – narrates the entire documentary sparingly to allow the viewer to enjoy the action. Without FIFA’s very direct contribution and involvement, the film could never have been shot. Footage that was never before possible, such as locker-room scenes before the final or pitch access for the cameras were possible because of the special access granted throughout.”