Horizon Beautiful

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 13:00
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:00
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
$9 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Stefan Jäger
Switzerland, Ethiopia

In English, German and Amharic with English subtitles


Swiss soccer magnate Franz travels to Ethiopia to promote soccer and get some media-friendly images to prop up his reputation as a humanitarian. On the streets of Addis Ababa, 12-year-old Admassu sees a chance to use his soccer skills to impress the big boss, and secure a future as a football pro based in Europe. When Franz ignores him, Admassu convinces a group of thugs to kidnap Franz. If Admassu can arrange Franz’s freedom, Admassu thinks the grateful businessman will take him on the first plane out. That’s the plan. Shot entirely on location in Ethiopia, this film uses non-professional local actors to capture the sights and sounds of the community at the heart of the story.  Franz and Admassu’s relationship presents a clash between cultures, ages, personal dreams and basic human ethics with a resolution both surprising and honest.

Themes: media, soccer, adoption, racism, classism, friendship, poverty and greed.

Recommended for ages 12+ or students in grades 6, 7 and 8

Advisory: There is a scene of a man quietly dying under a tree, use of some poorly translated curse words, and the implication of possible violence.

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Stefan Jäger
Director's Bio: 
“Horizon Beautiful” was a unique experience for Stefan. As both a filmmaker and educator, the concept of simultaneously teaching and directing on set obviously held appeal. The process turned out to be distinctly challenging and fulfilling for him. With his eighth feature length film, he chose a family entertainment platform, which goes back to his beginnings as a director.