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Scene from NO ASHES NO PHOENIX (photo © 2010 Tobias Tempel)

After years of trying, the Phoenix Hagen basketball team finally makes it to Germany's 1st league, the ‘Bundesliga’. The fans in the small, industrial town of Hagen are thrilled. The problem is, in order to stay in the 1st league they have to win a few games. And Phoenix just keeps on losing. Their young coach is desperate. Looking for help fast, the team signs Michael Jordan. But their savior brings a lot more baggage to Hagen than just a famous name.

A film from the depths of the locker room.

Jens Pfeifer was born in 1976 in Hagen. After studying Cultural Anthropology and Law at the University of Hamburg, he studied Filmmaking at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Also active as a film editor and sound engineer, his films as a director include: BEYOND RAVENS (short, 2006), BELOW THE LINE (documentary, 2009), and NO ASHES NO PHOENIX (documentary, 2011), as well as several commissions for German public broadcasters.
Genre Drama, Sports
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Jens Pfeifer
Screenplay Jens Pfeifer
Cinematography Tobias Tempel
Producer Alexander Krötsch
Production Company Pech und Schwefel Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), WDR
Length 88 min
Format HDCAM, color, 16:9
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich 2011, Slamdance 2012
Awards Grand Jury Award Feature Documentary Slamdance 2012
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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