THEME FROM F.C. SPARTA : Rotterdam Film Festival 2011 : index page

Published on: February 6th, 2011

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Hollywood Reporter reviews
The Stoker .
The Mill & The Cross .
Finisterrae .

Bleak Night .
Beyond These Mountains .
Truce .

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Articles
The End of the World, As We Know It
an interim report
Hunting the Tigers
awards speculation
Dutch Festival’s Long Battle to ‘XL’ – roundup for Tribune magazine
Phantoms At Liberty – a survey of the Tiger Competition, for Ekran magazine

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FEATURE-LENGTH (60m+)

****/5 : 8/10 : 23/28 : FINISTERRAE (Spain 2010) fic / Tiger {winner}
**** : 7/10 : 20 : 13 ASSASSINS (Japan 2010) fic
**** : 7/10 : 20 : BLEAK NIGHT (S.Korea 2010) fic / Tiger
**** : 7/10 : 19 : THE STOKER (Russia 2010) fic
**** : 7/10 : 19 : BEYOND THESE MOUNTAINS (Swi/Ger 2010) fic
**** : 7/10 : 19 : THE LAST BUFFALO HUNT (USA 2011) doc
**** : 7/10 : 19 : ROSE AND JASMINE (Austria 2010/11) doc
*** : 6/10 : 17 : DRAGON INN (Taiwan 1966) fic {aka Dragon Gate Inn)
*** : 6/10 : 17 : HOSPITALITÉ (Japan 2010) fic
*** : 6/10 : 16 : TRIPTYCH – IMAGES OF A KINGDOM (Netherlands 2011) [60 mins] doc
*** : 6/10 : 16 : THE UNUSUAL ADVENTURES OR MR WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS (USSR 1924) fic
*** : 6/10 : 16 : ETERNITY (Thailand 2011) fic / Tiger {winner}
*** : 6/10 : 16 : TYRANNOSAUR (UK 2010/11) fic
*** : 6/10 : 16 : THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS (Netherlands 1928) doc
*** : 6/10 : 16 : DAD (Slovenia 2010) fic
*** : 6/10 : 16 : ALL YOUR DEAD ONES (Colombia 2010) fic / Tiger
*** : 6/10 : 15 : ALICIA, GO YONDER (Mexico 2010) fic
*** : 6/10 : 15 : THE JOURNALS OF MUSAN (S.Korea 2010) fic / Tiger {winner}
*** : 6/10 : 15 : RAINY SEASONS (Iran 2010) fic / Tiger
*** : 6?/10 : 15? : KOMMANDER KULAS (Philippines 2011) fic
*** : 5+/10 : 14? : KING BOXER (Taiwan 1972) fic
*** : 5/10 : 14 : THE SKY ABOVE (Brazil 2010) fic-doc / Tiger
*** : 5/10 : 14 : GROMOZEKA (Russia 2010) fic / Tiger
*** : 5/10 : 13 : WASTED YOUTH (Greece 2011) fic / Tiger
*** : 5/10 : 13 : WATER HANDS (Ser/Mon/Sin 2010/11) fic
*** : 5/10 : 13 : BLINDING (Canada 2011) doc
*** : 5/10 : 12 : MY JOY (Ukr/Ger/Net 2010) fic
*** : 5/10 : 12 : UNPLUGGED (France 2010/11) fic
*** : 4/10 : 11 : THE MILL & THE CROSS (Neth/Pol 2010/11) fic
** : 4/10 : 10 : BAD POSTURE (USA 2011) fic
** : 4/10 : 9 : LOVE ADDICTION (Japan 2010) fic / Tiger
** : 3/10 : 8 : HEADSHOTS (Germany 2010) fic / Tiger
** : 3/10 : 7 : FLYING FISH (Sri Lanka 2011) fic / Tiger
* : 1/10 : 2 : THE IMAGE THREADS (India 2010) fic / Tiger

walkouts
** : 4?/10 : 11? : THE WATER AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Argentina 2010)
** : 4?/10 : 10? : NOIR OCEAN (France 2010)
** : 4?/10 : 10? : THE WINTER OF THE ODD ONES OUT (Argentina 2011)
** : 4?/10 : 9? : CHARACTERS (S.Korea 2011)
** : 4?/10 : 9? : BEHIND THE RED MOTEL DOOR (US/Mex 2011)
** : 3?/10 : 8? : THE BARON (Portugal 2011)
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previously seen elsewhere
8/10 TRUCE
7/10 INCENDIES, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU, SHELTER, TENDER SON – THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT
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Tiger competition ranking
1. Finisterrae
2. Bleak Night

3. Eternity
4. All Your Dead Ones
5. Alicia, Go Yonder
6. The Journals of Musan
7. Rainy Seasons
8. The Sky Above
9. Gromozeka
10. Wasted Youth

11. Love Addiction
12. Headshots
13. Flying Fish

14. The Image Threads

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SHORT (59m or less)
*****/5 {or 12 out of 13} : THROBS (USA 1972)
**** : 10 : OLIVIA’S PLACE (USA 1966)
**** : 10 : PLAYERS (Fin/Net 2010) Tiger
**** : 10 : STARDUST (Belgium 2010) Tiger {winner}
**** : 10 : _ ___ aka SHORT LINE LONG LINE {aka “THE ROCK N’ ROLL MOVIE”} (USA 1967)
**** : 10 : HAND HELD DAY (USA 1975)
**** : 10 : 7362 (USA 1967)
**** : 9 : DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE (USA 1968)
**** : 9 : SLOW ACTION (UK 2011) Tiger
**** : 9 : POSSESSED (USA 2010)
*** : 9 : CASUS BELLI (Greece 2010)

*** : 8 : BONDAGE GIRL (USA 1973)
*** : 8 : ALL FLOWERS IN TIME (US/Can 2010)
*** : 8 : BY THE SEA (USA 1963)
*** : 8 : FILM IS MORE THAN FILM (Austria 1996)
*** : 8 : SATURDAY, 29TH JUNE, ARCTIC CIRCLE (Austria 1990)
*** : 7+ : unc. (USA 1966)
*** : 7 : VENICE PIER (USA 1976)
*** : 7 : ARS COLONIA (Philippines 2011)
*** : 7 : END TRANSMISSION (Tai/Net/Ger 2010) Tiger
*** : 7 : FUTURE PERFECT (USA 1978)
*** : 6 : VENUSVILLE (USA 1973)
*** : 6 : PASTOURELLE (USA 2010) Tiger {winner}
*** : 6 : BERTHA’S CHILDREN (USA 1976)
*** : 6 : THE DIVINE MIRACLE (USA 1973)
** : 5 : ECLIPSE PREDICTIONS (USA 1982)
** : 4 : EVOLUTION OF THE RED STAR (USA 1973)
** : 4 : MIRROR PEOPLE (USA 1974)
** : 3 : DEATH OF THE GORILLA (USA 1966)
** : 3 : DEAD RECKONING (USA 1980)
** : 3 : IT, HEAT, HIT (UK 2010) Tiger
* : 2  : MERCURY (Portugal 2010) Tiger
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latest additions are in bold.
Features are rated out of 28, shorts out of 13 (see key at bottom of page)

Tiger = feature/short in Tiger Competition

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COLLECTED TWEETS (in reverse-order of appearance)


Rotterdam : my final tally stands at 40 features, 32 shorts. Best of the bunch: THROBS (1972), FINISTERRAE (2010) #IFFR http://bit.ly/fR3GNQ

Rotterdam: KING BOXER (Jeong ’72) 5+/10, or 14+/28. Festival fatigue made gory actioner a soporific slog. #IFFR

Rotterdam: DRAGON INN (King ’66) 6/10, or 17/28. M-arts “classic” has fine setpieces, but sags when away from eponymous hostelry. #IFFR

Rotterdam: underwhelming end to what was (thanks to FINISTERRAE and Lee Ranaldo) an outstanding #IFFR: DRAGON INN (6/10), KING BOXER (5/10)

Rotterdam : final night in R-town. Ending with ad-hoc chopsocky double-bill of DRAGON GATE INN and KING BOXER. Blowing a gale outside. #IFFR

Rotterdam : FINISTERRAE auteur S.Caballero also (a) runs a top music festival and (b) is an esteemed wine-grower. Multi-talented chap! #IFFR

Rotterdam: THE MILL & THE CROSS (Majewski ’10/’11) 4/10, or 11/28. Speculative, presumptuous Brueghel-painting analysis/dramatisation. #IFFR

Rotterdam: indeed, would like to see sequel, TALES OF HIRAYAMA & KOYATA. Tricky given what happens at end of 13A, but Miike can cope! #IFFR

Rotterdam : 13 ASSASSINS’ chalk-and-cheese badasses Koyata (Y.Iseya) & Hirayama (T.Ihara) join pantheon of great T.Miike characters. #IFFR

Rotterdam: 13 ASSASSINS (Miike ’10) 7/10, or 20/28. Rousingly well-built Samurai epic – an hour of (draggy) buildup, an hour of climax#IFFR

@SonarFestival Amazing night in Rotterdam, and when they awarded FINISTERRAE it was like watching “my” team score winning goal in Cup final

Rotterdam. Third Tiger to JOURNALS OF MUSAN. Big night for Mr Park. #IFFR

Rotterdam. Second Tiger to ETERNITY. Fair enough. #IFFR

Rotterdam. First Tiger to FINISTERRAE. One word. Yes. #IFFR

Rotterdam. Lee Ranaldo performance. Rough magic. Coolest juror ever. Festival zenith. #IFFR

Rotterdam. Warm, busy Luxor for awards, easily best kino in town. Disaster if they demolish it. #IFFR

Rotterdam: a chill, windy day. Off to the prize ceremony in less than an hour. No idea what’s won the Tigers. Forza Catalunya!#IFFR

Rotterdam : South Korea’s BLEAK NIGHT and THE JOURNALS OF MUSAN lead an open field for the Tiger awards. Perhaps. http://bit.ly/h3fbU0 #IFFR

Rotterdam : audience is liking Korean Tigers. Their picks : (1) JOURNALS OF MUSAN, (2) GROMOZEKA, (3) BLEAK NIGHT http://bit.ly/dKDg0L #IFFR

Rotterdam: after mucho discussion tonight, seems everyone shares my hatred of IMAGE THREADS. FINISTERRAE wildly divisive (good sign!) #IFFR

Rotterdam : THE CITY THAT NEVER RESTS (von Maydell ’28) 6/10, or 16/28. Fascinating time-capsule of bygone R’dam, restored with sound. #IFFR

Rotterdam : FLYING FISH one of the lousier pictures in competition, but painful political subject-matter may nevertheless yield Tiger. #IFFR

Rotterdam : FLYING FISH (Pushpakurama ’11) 3/10, or 7/28. Bad news when you know less about subject (Tamil war) after pic than before. #IFFR

Rotterdam : JOURNALS OF MUSAN – downbeat, serious picture which will strike chords with many, but a bit too misery-by-numbers for me. #IFFR

Rotterdam : THE JOURNALS OF MUSAN (Park ’10) 6/10, or 15/28. Overlong, patchily engaging chronicle of N.Kor defector adrift in Seoul. #IFFR

Rotterdam : BAD POSTURE (Murray ’11) 4/10, or 10/28. Bad picture! Charmless slackery/mumblecorey lo-fi cousin of Affleck’s THE TOWN. #IFFR

Rotterdam: THE IMAGE THREADS: depressing to see director try so many different modes of film-making in a single movie, so disastrously #IFFR

Rotterdam : today’s films have already included two chopped-off cocks (THREADS, FISH) and two dead dogs in the street (MUSAN, FISH) #IFFR

Rotterdam : Tiger alternates : ETERNITY, FINISTERRAE (fingers crossed!), THE SKY ABOVE, FLYING FISH. A pretty open year, prize-wise. #IFFR

Rotterdam : my tips for the Tigers : BLEAK NIGHT (consensus solid), GO YONDER ALICIA (sole female), RAINY SEASONS (coz it’s Iranian) #IFFR

Rotterdam: having seen all 14 competition films, the only Tiger-worthy entries are (still) FINISTERRAE and BLEAK NIGHT. Next: ETERNITY #IFF

Rotterdam : quick update : BAD POSTURE (4/10), THE JOURNALS OF MUSAN (6/10), FLYING FISH (4/10). More to follow! #IFFR

Rotterdam: THE IMAGE THREADS (Vijay ’10). 1/10, or 2/28. Worst film of the competition, of the festival, and maybe of the year.

Rotterdam: one hour into THE IMAGE THREADS press show, and i’m the only viewer left, all others having bailed. #IFFR

Rotterdam: after 7 full days, tally is 31 features (incl. 7 walkouts), 3 shorts programmes. Busiest was Tuesday – 6 films, 0 walkouts. #IFFR

Rotterdam: sneaked into final 20 min of FINISTERRAE at Pathé. Knocked out again by coda. Most folk I spoke to after liked it very much #IFFR

Rotterdam: HOSPITALITÉ (Fukada ’10) 6/10, or 17/28. Amusing low-budget Japanese comedy o’manners runs out of inspiration in final act #IFFR

Rotterdam: KOMMANDER KULAS… (Khavn ’11) 6?/10, or 15?/28. Provocative conceptual/structural experimenta from IFFR-funded “maverick” #IFFR

Rotterdam: UNPLUGGED (Jousse ’10/’11) 5/10, or 12/28. Patchy, self-satisfied little French comedy. Musical/surreal touches, weak lead #IFFR

Rotterdam: WATER HANDS (Todorovic ’10/’11) 5/10, or 13/28. Some limpid DV visuals add class to a lukewarm narrated-epistolary romance #IFFR

Rotterdam: GROMOZEKA currently top among Tiger contenders in Audience voting (37 overall), then BLEAK NIGHT (44)http://bit.ly/dKDg0L #IFFR

Rotterdam: GROMOZEKA (Kott ’10/’11) 5/10, or 14/28. Ordinary, fairly mainstream Russian bittersweet comedy – why’s it in competition? #IFFR

Rotterdam : an interim dispatch, mainly about FINISTERRAE and BLEAK NIGHT #IFFRhttp://bit.ly/eKF1jz

Rotterdam : audience-award top 3 is Incendies / Biutiful / Illegal; bottom 2 are Dharma Guns / Film Socialisme#IFFR http://bit.ly/f1Rt4m

Rotterdam: 10 Tigers down, 4 left. My ranking: 1. Finisterrae, 2. Bleak Night, 3. Eternity, 4. All Your Dead Ones, 5. Alicia Go Yonder #IFFR


Rotterdam : star spotting. Bumped into Lee Ranaldo at Doelen. Quick chat, mentioned my essay on Benning/Smithson. #IFFRhttp://bit.ly/g48Oqz

Rotterdam: THE STOKER (Balabanov ’10) 7/10,or 19/28. Fast-paced, well-choreographed crime-farce, with terrific (sarcastic) soundtrack #IFFR


Rotterdam: another day, another increase in my regard for FINISTERRAE (only film here I’m actively recommending when asked). Now 8/10! #IFFR

Rotterdam : ALL YOUR DEAD ONES. Fleeting magical-realist touches (corpses coming to “life”) mar otherwise-nifty black-comic nightmare #IFFR

Rotterdam : ALL YOUR DEAD ONES (Moreno ’11) 6/10,or 16/28. Tart, cynical rural-Colombian parable of dysfunctional/corrupt authorities #IFFR

Rotterdam: 10 of the 14 Tigers down, and still keeping to my no-walkout vow. Came mighty close with grating LOVE ADDICTION, however. #IFFR

Rotterdam: LOVE ADDICTION (Uchida ’10) 4/10,or 9/28 Lousy-looking (bad video) not-so-bizarre love-rhombus from Jpn. Tearful histrionix #IFFR

Rotterdam: ALICIA, GO YONDER. Notable as (a) shortest competing pic at 67 mins and (b) sole female director among the 14 – regrettable #IFFR

Rotterdam: ALICIA, GO YONDER (Miller ’10) 6/10, or 15/28. Delicate miniature exploring a 19-year-old’s world of sensory impressions. #IFFR

Rotterdam: I walked out of HEADSHOTS after 30 mins at Viennale last autumn – turns out my instincts were correct. 1st dud among Tigers #IFFR

Rotterdam: HEADSHOTS (Tooley ’10) 3/10, or 8/28. A kind of BLACK SWAN for the Berlin fashion-photography scene, but much less amusing #IFFR


Rotterdam: THE SKY ABOVE. Focussing on just one of the subjects might have yielded more fruitful results than cutting between em. #IFFR

Rotterdam: THE SKY ABOVE (Borges ’10) 5/10, or 14/28. Drab-looking Brazilian docu/fiction hybrid about 3 self-absorbed city-dwellers #IFFR

Rotterdam: BLEAK NIGHT could well win a Tiger prize here. Pity there isn’t a Best Actor gong – young Lee Je-hun would be frontrunner #IFFR

Rotterdam: catalogue entry for HINTER DIESEN BERGEN begins “A suffocating blanket of boredom hangs over the Swiss town”… Tempting! #IFFR

Rotterdam: have been thinking about magnificently bonkers FINISTERRAE all day. More I think about it more I like it. Rating now 20/28. #IFFR

Rotterdam: BLEAK NIGHT (Yoon ’10) 7/10, or 18/28. Steely, intense Korean high-school bullying/suicide drama – outstanding performances #IFFR

Rotterdam: lowest four in Audience Award : DHARMA GUNS, VOULEZ-VOUS COUCHER AVEC GOD? (1972), FILM SOCIALISME (!), BUTTERFLY L’ATTESA #IFFR

Rotterdam: HOT AS HELL – THE DEADBEAT MARCH (Okuda ’10) 4?/10, or 9?/28 – walkout @ 40m. Antic, no-budget, laugh-free crime “comedy” #IFFR

Rotterdam: ETERNITY, part-funded by IFFR, is very “Rotterdam” and may appeal to jurors. Only “buzzed” competitor so far: FLYING FISH #IFFR

Rotterdam: ETERNITY (Sivaroj ’10) 6/10, or 16/28. Restrained, slow chronicle of a restrained, slow, chaste courtship, rural-Thai style #IFFR

Rotterdam : FINISTERRAE is my favourite of the three Tiger competitors I’ve seen so far – risk-taking, great-looking, often hilarious #IFFR

Rotterdam: THE BARON (Pera ’11) 3?/10, or 8?/28 – walkout after 40m. Leaden, pretentious, overcooked pastiche of BW 30s/40s horrors. #IFFR


Rotterdam: FINISTERRAE (Siero ’10) 7/10, or 19/28. A.Serra and A.Jodorowsky meet M.Python – and Python comes out on top. Nicely loopy #IFFR

Rotterdam : predictably, D.Villeneuve’s gripping INCENDIES tops Audience voting http://bit.ly/f1Rt4m. My review: http://bit.ly/gtBofc #IFFR

Rotterdam : Svetlana Proskurina’s outstanding TRUCE (http://bit.ly/gtBofc) shows here tomorrow 1645 (Schouwburg), also Fri/Sat, Pathé #IFFR

Rotterdam : ROSE AND JASMINE (Pilz ’11) 7/10, or 19/28. Fragments of everyday Iran – a delicate, demanding/rewarding travel-diary @#IFFR

Rotterdam : BEHIND THESE MOUNTAINS (Krummenacher ’10) 7/10, or 19/28. Drab visuals for nicely off-kilter Swiss tale of female pals @ #IFFR

Rotterdam : Sparta Rotterdam hammered TBC Roosendaal 4-1 on Friday evening. Sparta currently lying 7th in Dutch football’s 2nd tier. #IFFR

Rotterdam : THE UNUSUAL ADVENTURES OF MR WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS (Kuleshov ’24) 6/10, or 16/28. Special with live orchest @ #IFFR

Rotterdam : RAINY SEASONS. Competent, slightly underdramatised chronicle of glum youth. #IFFR

Rotterdam : RAINY SEASONS (Barzegar ’10) 6/10, or 15/28. Tehran 20yo’s romantic, financial entanglements. #IFFR

Rotterdam: 6/10s previous seen: HEARTBEATS, AITA/FATHER, GESHER, POST MORTEM, SILENT SOULS. 5/10s: CARANCHO, SOMEWHERE, LUCIA, POETRY, #IFFR

Rotterdam : I also previously saw TRUCE [8/10], INCENDIES, SHELTER, TENDER SON… and AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU [all 7/10]. #IFFR

Rotterdam : bonkers BLACK SWAN [6?/10] is playing here. I finally got round to reviewing it, a fortnight “late”:http://bit.ly/eH8JQ4 #IFFR


Rotterdam : So much for my revised “no more than 1 walkout per day” resolution. Still aiming to stick with all the Tiger pics, though.#IFFR

Rotterdam : THE WINTER OF THE ODD ONES OUT (Guerrero ’10) 4?/10, or 10/28 – walkout after 30 mins. Drabsville doings in backwater Arg. #IFFR

Rotterdam : THE LAST BUFFALO HUNT (Schmitt ’11) 7/10, or 19/28. Ruminative/brutal meditation on American frontier/Western iconography. #IFFR

Rotterdam: mainly shorts day. Pick: oldie THROBS (5*), then Finnish PLAYERS in Tiger comp; STARDUST; _ ___ (’67) (all 4*) #IFFR

Rotterdam: star spotting: keeping eyes peeled for juror Lee Ranaldo. Clocked an animated M.Amalric outside afternoon press show @ #IFFR

Rotterdam : SLOW ACTION (Rivers ’11, 45m short) ****/5, or 9/13. Quartet of fanciful Utopias = Patrick Keiller’s WATER WRACKETS. #IFFR

Rotterdam: 1st masterpiece of festival. THROBS (’72) by Fred Worden (7m, 16mm) in Calif av-garde shorts programme. *****/5, or 12/13. #IFFR

Rotterdam : My new year resolution was “no walkouts”. After two days here that’s been revised to “no more than one walkout per day”. #IFFR

Rotterdam : NOIR OCEAN (Hänsel ’10). 4?/10, or 10?/28 – walkout after 50min. A little BEAU TRAVAIL, a little INTRUS, but MH’s no Denis #IFFR

Rotterdam : MY JOY (Loznitsa ’10). 5/10, or 12/28. Mordant nefarious misery in the wilds of ex-USSR; humour-flecked but becomes a slog #IFFR

Rotterdam : TRIPTYCH… (Ketelaars & v/d Wildenberg ’11). 6/10, or 16/28. Steady anthropological/architectural scrutiny of C21 Dutch #IFFR

Rotterdam : TYRANNOSAUR (Considine ’11 [c10]). 6/10, or 16/28. Solid enough, but no more than a “promising” feat-dir debut for Paddy #IFFR

Rotterdam: ‘Rear View Mirror’ 9 restored CA av/garde shorts 1963-80. ****/5: OLIVIA’S PLACE, 7362, HAND HELD DAY, DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE #IFFR

Rotterdam : CHARACTERS (Son ’11). 4?/10, or 9?/28 – walkout after 1hr. Good-looking, but fatal combo of snail-paced and smart-arsed #IFFR

Rotterdam : BLINDING (Sanguedolce ’11). 5/10, or 13/28. Interviews with 3 interesting folks, gussied up with pseudo-avantgarde visuals #IFFR

Rotterdam: #IFFR opener WASTED YOUTH (5/10) = L.Clark’s KIDS + T.Anastopoulos’s CORRECTION + Seidl’s IMPORT/EXPORT ÷ Hitchcock’s THE LODGER

Rotterdam : WASTED YOUTH (Papadimitropoulos & *Vogel* {sorry} ’11). 5/10, or 13/28. Ho-hum sk8-themed Greek opener for#IFFR – weak finale
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key

features
28 or 27 = 10/10
26, 25 or 24 = 9/10
23, 22 or 21 = 8/10
20, 19 or 18 = 7/10
17, 16 or 15 = 6/10
14, 13 or 12 = 5/10
11, 10 or 9 = 4/10
8, 7 or 6 = 3/10
5, 4 or 3 = 2/10
2 or 1 = 1/10

shorts
13 or 12 = 5/5
11, 10 or 9 = 4/5
8, 7 or 6 = 3/5
5, 4 or 3 = 2/5
2 or 1 = 1/5

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… the club continued to exist, and in 1899, the board of Sparta visited a match of Sunderland AFC. Impressed with the red-white jersey of the English club, the board decided that Sunderland’s colours (red-white striped jersey, black shorts) would henceforth be the colours of Sparta.