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The Golden Ball (Le Ballon d’or)


The Golden Ball © Rialto Pictures

Riverside Park - Pier I
500 W 70th St
On the Hudson River
New York, US 10023

Friday, July 26, 2024 | 8:30 pm


Friday, July 26 | Riverside Park, Pier I

The Golden Ball (Le Ballon d’or)
Directed by Cheik Doukouré 
With Salif Keïta, Agnès Soral, Aboucar Sidiki Soumah, and Habib Hammoud 
1994, Comedy-Drama, 1h33, France-Guinea, courtesy of Rialto Pictures

In the heart of Guinea, 12-year-old Bandian, known as “Turbo Makono” for his lightning speed, dreams of soccer stardom. Gifted a genuine leather ball by a visiting French doctor, Bandian’s journey kicks off as he flees to Conakry, the capital. There, his remarkable talent catches the eye of scouts, propelling him onto the national team. With his eyes set on the horizon, Bandian is determined to chase his soccer dreams to the fullest. 

Film in French and Malinké with English subtitles. 
Free and open to the public. Registration is recommended but not required.

Presented in partnership with Riverside Park Conservancy, Summer on the Hudson and the African Film Festival.

Films on the Green is back for its 16th edition, presenting a lineup of free screenings across New York City parks from May 31 to September 6, 2024. This year, we’re exploring the thrilling intersection of sports and cinema, showcasing 11 captivating films that embody the spirit of athleticism, competition, and triumph. From soccer to swimming and tennis to cycling, join us for an unforgettable summer of cinematic excitement under the stars!

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