(CZ, 2021, 85 min.)
Directed by Haruna Honcoop
State: development and pre-production
To be released: 1Q 2021
Co-producers: VIRUSfilm (Wanda Kaprálová, SK), Grab The Cat (Jésus Castro-Ortega, F)
The Czech Film Fund
Crossing Borders, Ex Oriente (East Doc Platform Development Award, Sunny Side of The Doc Award)
About the film
OLYMPIC HALFTIME is a documentary, that shows and reflects critically on the gestalt and economic impact of the Olympic architecture and urban development in several selected locations in Europe and Asia.
The film will explore the gestalt of the Olympic Games in several cities that have already hosted the event and are preparing for another round or have even hosted the Games for the second time. The choice of the cities is balanced so that we can document various examples of pros and cons and the strengths and weaknesses of the Olympics in urban terms. In Europe, we will visit Athens as the “birthplace” of both the ancient and the modern Olympics where most stadia are currently decaying, and Paris where the Olympics took place twice and a third edition is in preparation for 2024 on the backdrop of the typically French severe public protests. What was the benefit of the Olympics for those cities and countries? What are the pros and cons of organising mass sports events? In London, we will film the Olympic stadia that are still in use and interview Professor Will Jennings of the London school of Economics and Political Science who has been exploring the adverse eco nomic im pacts of organising such costly sports orgies. In addition to Europe, we will also visit Asia to watch different approach to organising the Olympics as well as their architectural gestalt and impact on the public space – in Beijing, the citiy that have the organising experience and is now in “half time” of preparations for the upcoming Games Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022).