A Dream Team: The Inspiring True Story Behind Taika Waititi’s Film

2023-12-20 18:00:00

Directed by Taika Waititi, “A Dream Team” is inspired by the documentary of the same name and returns to an incredible true story: the first victory of the American Samoa football team, humiliated by Australia in 2001.

It is the story of a victory that begins with a defeat. Stinging. Losing 31 to 0 in rugby is already very humiliating. But it was during a football match against Australia that American Samoa received this fee in 2001.

A historic drop for a selection that has long remained at the bottom of the FIFA rankings. Until this miraculous match, where the team not only scored the first goal, but also experienced the first victory in its history, fourteen years later.

If these facts sound familiar to you, it’s because you’ve been following them. Or that you have seen the documentary Next Goal Wins, from which the new feature film by Taika Waititi is inspired, which uses the same title.

After Thor 4, the director returns to the independent vein which allowed him to triumph thanks to Jojo Rabbit and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the time of a Rasta Rockett-style story, about magnificent losers.

He entrusts the main role, that of Dutch coach Thomas Rongen who will lead the team to victory, to Michael Fassbender. And made some changes in the story to give more space to Jaiyah Saelua, the first trans player to participate in a qualifying match for the men’s World Cup.

screenshot Kaimana and Jaiyah Saelua

Alongside her interpreter Kaimana, the ex-player who became a FIFA ambassador talks with us about the film and the true story that inspired her. Just as much as Taika Waititi and Michael Fassbender for their part, about this Dream Team, which has been playing since Wednesday, December 20 in our theaters.

Comments collected by Maximilien Pierrette in Paris on November 22, 2023 – Editing: Alexandre Ear

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