"Grandfather informs me that this is not possible"
That's pretty much the response I get when I ask my CD collection for something to represent one of the eight teams playing today. It's also one of the funniest lines from the excellent film Everything is Illuminated. (Trust me, it's funny in the context of the film.)
Today's post is a bit of a stretch. Most of the musicians on the soundtrack for Everything Is Illuminated are not Ukrainian. However there is at least one Ukrainian-born muscian on the album, Eugene Hütz of the band Gogol Bordello, and the film itself is set mainly in the Ukraine. Therefore, I claim that this soundtrack is a valid post, representing today's Ukraine v. Tunisia match.
The film stars Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) as a third-generation American Jew who travels to the Ukraine to search for the woman who saved his grandfather’s life during the Nazi liquidation of his family shtetl. The aforementioned musician Eugene Hütz also plays a large role in the film as Frodo's translator. It is an excellent film, and you really should watch it if you haven't. I have some issues with the end of the film, but I'm not here to give spoilers.
Most of the music from the soundtrack "sounds" Ukrainian as far as I can tell, even if the musicians aren't all Ukrainian. There are songs by the bands Leningrad, Gogol Bordello, and Tin Hat Trio, to name a few, but most of the tracks are compositions by Paul Cantelon, performed by a roster of musicians too long to list here. It really is a nice soundtrack, regardless of whether you've seen and/or enjoyed the film.
I have no score prediction for the Ukraine - Tunisia match, but I think I can safely predict that none of today's matches will be as crazy nor as exciting as yesterday's Croatia - Australia match. Go Socceroos!
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