Sunday, February 12, 2006

Berlinale 2006 / Offside - Eine andere Liga

Offside - Eine andere Liga / Germany, 2005, 110 min

Director: Buket Alakus Cast: Karoline Herfurth, Thierry van Werveke, Ken Duken

For Hayat, a 20-year-old girl of Turkish-German background, football is the most important thing in her life. She’s the best and most spirited player on her football team. But all of a sudden she’s got other things to think about. The doctors diagnose breast cancer. The operation changes her life, but she’s a fighter and soon wants to pick up where she left off.
Hayat grew up with her father Baba Can – her mother died of cancer when Hayat was still a small child. No wonder that Baba Can is worried about his daughter. He forbids her to overdo and most of all to play football, and cancels her membership in the team. But he hasn’t reckoned with the tenacity of his daughter. Behind his back she joins up with ragtag bunch of social misfits who make up the Hamburg woman’s football team FC Schanze. Soon the girls are swept along by her courage and enthusiasm. Not only the team, but above all the trainer Toni is impressed by her. But he can’t seem to understand why his attempts to flirt with her are nipped in the bud. Hayat is no less attracted to him, but for obvious reasons, she feels com­plete­ly insecure. Should she confide her secret to him? How will he react when she tells him about the operation?

OFFSIDE, the director explains, is “not a story about an illness, but rather deals with finding a way back into life. In this extreme situation football becomes literally a game of life or death for my protagonist, because sports help her to accept her body anew.”

Buket Alakus Biography
Born in Istanbul in 1971, she grew up in Hamburg. After finishing her studies in communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, she began studying film directing at the University of Hamburg in 1996. After completing a number of short films, she directed her first feature filmANAM in
2000, which was awarded among other things the Audience Award at Filmfest Hamburg and the Prix Europa. She is currently working on the feature films BABA OGLU and MAX 259.

Lange 110 Min.
Format 35 mm, 1:1.85
Buch Buket Alakus
Jan Berger
Kamerafuhrung Bella Halben
Kameraassistenz Enno Grabenhorst
Daniel Leibold
Schnitt Andreas Radtke
Schnittassistenz Jessica Ehlebracht
Sounddesign Andreas Henke
Ton Corinna Zink
Michael Kunz
Mischung Sascha Heiny
Musik Ali N. Askin
Musik-Consulting Jan Kopke
Christoph Wieland
Szenenbild Iris Trescher
Requisite Endres Lober
Britta Leiter
Spezialeffekte Endres Lober
Kostum Rike Russig
Maske Kathi Kullack
Samira Ghassabeh
Regieassistenz Karen Brunnbauer
Casting Deborah Congia
Herstellungsltg. Mohammad
Produktionsltg. Christian
Aufnahmeleitung Anke Homburg
Produzenten Ralph Schwingel
Stefan Schubert
Producer Bjorn Vosgerau
Redaktion Burkhard Althoff, ZDF
Das kleine Fernseh-
spiel, Mainz
mit Arte, Strasbourg
Wuste Filmproduktion
Schulterblatt 58
D-20357 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-431 70 60
Fax: 040-430 00 12
Bavaria Film International
Bavariafilmplatz 8
D-82031 Geiselgasteig
Tel.: 089-64 99 26 86
Fax: 089-64 99 37 20
Toni Ken Duken
Baba Can Thierry van Werveke
Ali Zarah Jane McKenzie
Silke Verena Wolfien
Arztin Katrin Pollitt
Hayats Chefin Nursel Köse
Trainerin, SC Elbe Charlotte Crome
Spielerinnen des
FC Schanze
Fatos Aziza A. Yildirim
Biggi Paula Paul
Viva Nneka Egbuna
Susan Nikola Kastner
Babs Ruth Weyand
Maja Cecile Decker
Nana Sung-Hee Son
Momo Jana Nietner
Alex Claudia Detloff
Karoline Herfurth, Ken Duken

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