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It‘s hard not to like young Ali. She has the heart of a lioness, is proud, doesn‘t complain and works herself to the bone for her two children, Esmeralda and Mateo, as a cleaner in Hamburg‘s famous “Ritze“ underground club. But deep in her heart Ali carries a wound: after she became an unmarried mother in Romania she was disowned by her father – for whom, until then, she was the Gypsy Queen, the queen of all Roma. When Ali discovers the boxing ring in the Ritze’s basement one day and gets to watch a fight, it brings back memories of boxing training with her father. Fully equipped and disappointed by life, Ali vents all her fury on the punching bag one evening. Tanne, ex-boxer and owner of the Ritze sees her and recognizes her talent. She starts to box again and sees the chance of a better life.

Hüseyin Tabak was born in 1981. After working on several film sets as an intern and assistant director, he studied Directing and Scriptwriting at the Film Academy in Vienna. His first short film CHEEESE screened at over 70 international film festivals and won 16 awards. His feature films A HORSE ON THE BALCONY (2012) and YOUR BEAUTY IS WORTH NOTHING (2012) were huge critical successes. Among many others, BEAUTY won the Austrian Film Award in four categories. His documentary THE LEGEND OF THE UGLY KING about the Kurdish-Turkish director Yilmaz Güney was also a big festival hit.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Director Hüseyin Tabak
Screenplay Hüseyin Tabak
Cinematography Lukas Gnaiger
Cast Alina Serban, Tobias Moretti, Irina Kurbanova
Producer Danny Krausz
Co-Producer Kurt Stocker
Production Company Dor Film-West, in co-production with Dor Film
Length 112 min
Original Version
Subtitled Version English

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