About The Film
This biographical drama tells the remarkable life story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier, English prisoner of war, and legendary footballer who raised the bar for soccer goalkeeping and tested the country's willingness to forgive. This epic film opens during WWII, as the Luftwaffe bombs England, and Trautmann, a paratrooper for the Third Reich, is captured along the Eastern front. Transported to England, he begins to reexamine his allegiances when he is forced to watch films of recently freed concentration camp survivors. When he is put to work in a nearby town, he reluctantly plays goalkeeper for the local Manchester City Football Club then falls in love with the coach's daughter. But just when the movie risks descending into a predictable love story, the tale takes several shocking turns. Trautmann’s signing causes outrage among thousands of Manchester fans, many of them Jewish. But support comes from an unexpected direction: Holocaust survivor, Rabbi Altmann, a Manchester fan who fled the Nazis. Ultimately, the film does not shy away from the complicated nature of Trautmann’s story. On the contrary, as a central part of its appeal, it raises tough questions about forgiveness, forgetting and the power of sports to (re)unite.
Marcus H. Rosenmuller is a German director and screenwriter previously for DIE PERLMUTTERFARBE (2009), GRAVE DECISIONS (2006), and HIT AND RUN (2000).
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