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Spike Lee has created a short film, The Game, about Brazil’s beloved soccer as the World Cup 2014 tournament kicks off Thursday night in Rio, with the host nation taking on Croatia in the opening game.
The film details the story of a young Brazilian boy who, sporting his country’s colors, follows a football through the streets in pursuit of his ultimate dream: to score a goal in the stadium.
Lee shot the short on location to be the latest film track from Pepsi Max’s Beats of the Beautiful Game visual album, a collection of 11 anthemic songs and companion short films, or “filmtracks,” that capture the spirit, sights and sounds of soccer. It is set to Grammy Award-winning Kelly Rowland‘s latest release, “The Game.”
Lee’s film joins 10 other short films, made by Idris Elba, Jessy Terrero, Diego Luna, Andy Morahan and The Kolton Brothers, among others.
Distributed by Caroline, the complete album and project backed by PepsiCo is available on iTunes, with tracks from musicians including Janelle Monae, Rita Ora, Don Omar, Timbaland, Santigold, R3hab and Jetta, alongside regional favorites Pearls Negras (Brazil), Jolin Tsai (Taiwan) and Hassan El Shafei (Egypt).