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I Love Hooligans

July 24, 2017

A football hooligan feels unconditional love for his club. However, being gay, he has to hide his identity in order to survive in the world that is so precious to him.
Football is what he lives for. His sexual orientation is a well-kept secret. As a hooligan, his club is everything to him. The match against the archrival is the highlight of the year. On the day they turn to booze and drugs, looking for excitement with whatever presents itself. Like hungry lions they search out their potential prey. All matches end and he has to go home, where no one is waiting. Here he admits that he longs for warmth, security and love. Among his football mates he doesn’t feel lonely. At the end of the day, this homosexual hooligan has but one dream: To die in the arms of my loved one.
This animated short is based around a real interview with a gay hooligan. The film sets out the fascinating and contradictory dynamic of a man whose identity is split between two different and mutually exclusive worlds. I Love Hooligans is fascinated with how he can feel so strongly part of a world that would hate him if it knew he was gay, as well as why anyone at all would identify with the ugly, angry and violent world of hooliganism, which often seems so alien to those on the outside
-Official selection Hong Kong Film Festival 2014, Winner of Holland Animation Film Festival: Professional Award for Dutch Animation 2014.

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