DIE NUMMER EINS – DEUTSCHLANDS GROSSE TORHÜTER – NUMBER ONE – GERMANY’S GREATEST GOALKEEPERS (Deutschland 2017, Gerhard Schick, Münchner Premieren). Germany’s goalkeepers have been the envy of the football world for decades. DIE NUMMER EINS lets us re-live the unforgettable moments and scandals that have made legends of Oliver Kahn, Sepp Maier, Toni Schumacher, Jens Lehmann and Manuel Neuer.
EINEN SOMMER LANG (Deutschland 2017, Georg Michael Fischer, Münchner Premieren). Walking 2,400 Kilometres in 50 days – from Munich to Istanbul. That’s the equivalent of one marathon per day. What begins as a crazy sporting venture for the amateur walker Denis turns into a long overdue examination of himself and his father.
EISENKOPF – IRONHEAD (Deutschland, China 2017, Tian Dong, Student Award). Kung Fu Football – the “Chinese dream.” In a Deng Feng Shaolin boarding school some of the 10,000 pupils learn to play football alongside the traditional martial arts – to complete exhaustion. China’s next generation captured in insightful sequences.
FOTBAL INFINIT – INFINITE FOOTBALL (Romania 2018, Corneliu Porumboiu, DOK.panorama). “The round thing has to go in the square thing,” the coach Helmut Schulte once pronounced. Laurențiu Ginghină’s take on this is visionary. He would like to revolutionise football and its rules. He discusses this with his friend, the Romanian filmmaker and football fan Corneliu Porumboiu.
LAST SHIP HOME (Deutschland 2017, Michael Weber, Christian Ebert, DOK.panorama). 27000 miles across the oceans – a race around the world. A crew defeated right from the start, living at close quarters for months on end amid storms and lulls. An impressive reconstruction of a great adventure using old Super-8 footage.
MOUNT EVEREST – DER LETZTE SCHRITT – MOUNT EVEREST – DER LETZTE SCHRITT (Österreich 2018, Reinhold Messner, DOK.panorama). Something that had long been considered impossible became reality in 1978. Without supplemental oxygen, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler conquered Mount Everest. With dramatic original material, interviews from the time and re-enacted scenes, the daring adventure is brought vividly to life.
REGGAE BOYZ (Frankreich, Deutschland, USA 2018, Till Schauder, DOK.panorama). Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The main bearers of hope here, alongside the athletes, are the footballers: with great euphoria they fight against the ubiquitous weapons madness.
TIME TRIAL (Großbritannien 2017, Finlay Pretsell, Best of Fests). “Cycling, it can be said, is absurd. But whoever finds meaning in cycling, will also find meaning in the absurdity of life.” An in-depth film about the trials and tribulations of cycling – both internal and external – and the infinite loneliness of pro riders.
WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD (Lettland, Irland, Italien, Schweiz, Belgien, Litauen, Großbritannien, Spanien 2017, Arunas Matelis, Best of Fests). Their jerseys are torn; their elbows are bloody. Give up? No chance! The captains still need their domestiques. WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD depicts these anonymous professional cyclists with great sensitivity. There, at the bottom of the results table, beats the true heart of this sport.