Dir. Michael Glawogger. 2000, 80 mins. Glawogger, an ardent soccer fan himself, follows the Austrian team’s unlikely ascendance to the 1998 World Cup championship through the eyes of a journalist, a bank examiner and his mother, a pensioner, an alcoholic, a large family, a coach for a children’s team, and a blind man. Against the backdrop of games with Cameroon, Chile, and Italy, this spirited documentary becomes a polyphonic portrait of contemporary Austrian society, all while getting at the heart of how it feels to be a lover of the sport.
Free with Museum admission.