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Balls (Männer wie wir)

Balls
Scene from "Balls" (photo © Hager Moss Film GmbH/v.d. Heydt)

Football is riding a mini cinema wave of its own. Hot on the heels of the British comedy Bend It Like Beckham comes Germany’s attempt to hit the back of the net, Balls.

Balls is a story of prejudice and pride: that of young provincial player Ecki who is outed as homosexual, thrown off the team, and moves to the big city. There, he forms a gay football team and challenges his former side to a game, finding his first love and new friends. Thanks to the match, Ecki regains his dignity and the village’s respect for his family as well as changing his life and that of his team mates.

“Be yourself and be true to yourself” is the motto of this charming comedy about personal dignity, self-appreciation and the opportunity to see things from a new perspective.

Balls is intended first and foremost as entertainment, whether you’re young or old, male or female, gay or straight. In fact, you won’t even have to be able to play football to enjoy it!


Sherry Hormann was born in Kingston/New York in 1960 and moved to Germany in 1966. She studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich from 1979-1983 and worked in continuity and as an assistant director for television and film until 1986. Since then, she has been active as a scriptwriter, production designer and director. Her directorial debut SILENT SHADOWS (1991) won German Film Awards for Best Film, Best Female Actress and Best Soundtrack in 1992 as well as the Bavarian Film Award for Best Newcomer Director and the Max Ophüls Award. Her other films include: FRAUEN SIND WAS WUNDERBARES (1993), DOUBTING THOMAS (IRREN IST MÄNNLICH, 1995), THE CELLIST (1996), WIDOWS (1997), PRIVATE LIES (2000), MY DAUGHTER'S TEARS (2002), BALLS (MÄNNER WIE WIR, 2004), DESERT FLOWER (WÜSTENBLUME, 2009), and A REGULAR WOMAN (NUR EINE FRAU, 2019).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Sherry Hormann
Screenplay Benedikt Gollhardt
Cinematography Hanno Lentz
Eva Schnare
Martin Todsharow
Cast Lisa Maria Potthoff, Dietmar Baer, Saskia Vester, David Rott, Maximilian Brückner, Rolf Zacher
Producers Andreas Schneppe, Eric Moss, Kirsten Hager
Production Company Hager Moss Film/Munich, in co-production with German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, RTL/Cologne
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2005 (German Cinema)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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