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The miracle of Bern (Das wunder von Bern) - Louis Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Johanna Gastdorf, Rochus Hahn

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Movie propaganda

Summer, 1954. The Soviet Union is sending its prisoners of war home. Among them is the father of a quiet, football-loving 11-year-old, Matthias Lubanski (Louis Klamroth), who lives with his mother, sister and brother in a West-German mining town. The boy has long found a surrogate father in the football player Helmut Rahn (Sascha Göpel), who has 'adopted' Matthias as his mascot. The return of the boy's father Richard (Peter Lohmeyer) casts a shadow over the once-happy family: broken by his years in captivity, Richard has trouble adapting to life in post-war Germany and alienates his family through his severity. For Richard, football is pointless, and so is the World Cup that's about to be held in Bern, Switzerland. Matthias, however, longs to be there with his idol, who's been chosen to play on the German team. Through his passion and his fighting spirit, Matthias rekindles a love of life in his dad's heart. And so, as the final match of the World Cup begins, a little miracle of love and generosity leaps across borders to help another miracle occur - the victory of Helmut Rahn and the German team, the miracle of Bern.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Germany true drama football soccer World Cup

Persons of interest

  • Louis Klamroth .... Matthias Lubanski
  • Peter Lohmeyer .... Richard Lubanski
  • Johanna Gastdorf .... Christa Lubanski
  • Mirko Lang .... Bruno Lubanski
  • Birthe Wolter .... Ingrid Lubanski
  • Katharina Wackernagel .... Annette Ackermann
  • Lukas Gregorowicz .... Paul Ackermann
  • Péter Franke .... Sepp Herberger
  • Sascha Göpel .... Helmut Rahn
  • Knut Hartwig .... Fritz Walter
  • Holger Dexne .... Horst Eckel
  • Simon Verhoeven .... Ottmar Walter
  • Jo Stock .... Toni Turek
  • Martin Bretschneider .... Hans Schäfer
  • Rochus Hahn .... Screenwriter
  • Sönke Wortmann .... Screenwriter
  • Sönke Wortmann .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • The miracle of Bern (Das wunder von Bern) official movie sites:
  • The miracle of Bern (Das wunder von Bern) QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Bavarian Film Awards 2004: Won: Bavarian Film Award Best Direction (Sönke Wortmann), Best Supporting Role (Johanna Gastdorf)
    • European Film Awards 2003: Nominated: Best Cinematographer (Tom Fährmann)
    • German Camera Award 2004: Nominated: Feature Film (Tom Fährmann)
    • German Film Awards 2004: Nominated: Film Award in Gold Outstanding Feature Film (Hanno Huth, Tom Spiess, Sönke Wortmann), Outstanding Individual Achievement: Direction (Sönke Wortmann), Outstanding Individual Achievement: Supporting Actress (Johanna Gastdorf)
    • Locarno International Film Festival 2003: Won: Audience Award (Sönke Wortmann)
    • San Francisco International Film Festival 2004: Won: Audience Award Best Narrative Feature (Sönke Wortmann)
    • São Paulo International Film Festival 2004: International perspective
  • NB: German and Swiss German languages with English language subtitles
  • See also Sixty-six
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Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Languages: German, Swiss German
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Featurettes: Scenes from World Cup 1954 (TBA)
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

PG (Mature themes, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

113 minutes (1:53 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 28 July 2005
DVD retail: 15 February 2006

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