United Passions

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United Passions
Directed by Frédéric Auburtin
Screenplay by Frédéric Auburtin
Jean-Paul Delfino
Starring Tim Roth
Gérard Depardieu
Sam Neill
Fisher Stevens
Leuviah Films
Thelma Films
Release dates
  • 16 June 2014 (2014-06-16)
Running time
109 minutes
Country France

United Passions is a 2014 French film about the origins of the world governing body of association football, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Nearly whole-funded (90%) by FIFA,[1] it stars Tim Roth as Sepp Blatter, Gérard Depardieu as Jules Rimet and Sam Neill as João Havelange, and is directed by Frederic Auburtin. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 18 May 2014, and was released in Serbia on 19 June 2014.[2] There are plans to release the film in other countries.


The film's scenes set in Switzerland, Azerbaijan, France and Brazil.[3]


The film faced criticism from media concerning the £16million cost of production, more than the annual turnover of most of UEFA's national associations.[4][5][6]

Roth has said that he told the filmmakers, "Where's all the corruption in the script?...Where is all the back-stabbing, the deals? So it was a tough one. I tried to slide in a sense of it, as much as I could get in there."[2] The director of United Passions, Frédéric Auburtin, claimed he inserted "ironic parts" into the film.[2]

In his show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver lampooned the film saying that the "movie, like FIFA itself, looks terrible", asking "Who makes a sports film where the heroes are the executives?"[7]


  1. ^ "Fifa film, starring Tim Roth as Sepp Blatter, is launched at Cannes". theguardian.com (Guardian News and Media). 22 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Parkinson, Justin (19 June 2014). "United Passions: How Fifa spent £16m on a film where Sepp Blatter is a hero". BBC News Magazine (BBC). Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "UNITED PASSIONS– FIRST EXCLUSIVE IMAGE". www.tf1international.com. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Sale, Charles. "UEFA critics hit out at Sepp Blatter's £16m FIFA history film United Passions". Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Finally! The FIFA movie 'United Passions' debuts at Cannes". The Score. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Manfred, Tony. "The Trailer For FIFA's $27-Million Propaganda Film Feels Like A Parody". Business Insider. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlJEt2KU33I

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