The Referee – What does it take to be a world class football referee?

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Published on December 17, 2015



Top football referee Martin Hansson had a successful journey towards his vision in life, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Then one dark night in Paris on November 18th, 2009, all hell broke loose…

A 2010 Swedish documentary short film produced by Freedom From Choice AB and Druid Film about Swedish top football referee Martin Hansson and his dramatic road to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The filmmakers Mattias Löw, Valentina Santi Löw and Orvar Anklew followed the former firefighter from the village of Holmsjö in Blekinge, southern Sweden for a year. The film features French football player Thierry Henry, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Arsenal F.C. manager Arsène Wenger, former football star Pelé, Swedish Football Association referee boss Bo Karlsson and acclaimed journalist and author Erik Niva.

A film by Mattias Löw

International Title: THE REFEREE
Original Title: RÄTTSKIPAREN
Swedish w/ English Subtitles

“A very engaging dark chapter.” – Le Figaro (FR)
“This is a gem of a documentary.”- The Guardian (UK)
“This film is spectacularly intricate.” – USA Today (US)
“A nail-biter with a stylish dramaturgy.” – Svenska Dagbldet (SE)
“An excellent, entertaining and exciting movie.” – Dagens Nyheter (SE)
“Hansson’s story has meaning beyond football.” – Financial Times (UK)
“A perceptive documentary … a masterful portrait.” – The New York Times (US)

Awards
– 2010 International Sport Film Festival in Palermo, Italy.
~ Best Football Film Award ~
– 2011 Istanbul International Sport Film Festival in Turkey.
~ Best Film Award ~
– 2011 L’Aquila International Film Festival in Italy.
~ Best Documentary Award ~
– 2012 Liberec International Sport Film Festival in Czech Republic.
~ Best Film Award ~
– 2012 Liberec International Sport Film Festival in Czech Republic.
~ Best Sport Personality Film Award ~
– 2011 Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Film Festival in USA.
~ Best Documentary Film Award ~
– 2011 Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Film Festival in USA.
~ Best Integral Realization Award ~
– 2011 All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival in USA.
~ Best International Short Documentary Film Award ~
– 2011 The Accolade Awards in San Diego, USA.
~ Award of Merit ~
– 2011 Festival du Cinema de Paris in France.
~ Meilleur Realisation Integrale Award ~
– 2011 San Francisco Short Film Festival in USA.
~ Best Editing Award ~
– 2010 Chicago Short Film Festival in USA.
~ Best Editing Award ~
– 2011 Festival du Film de Strasbourg in France.
~ Mention Speciale Award ~