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Soccer Rules! (Fussball ist unser Leben)

Soccer Rules!

Soccer is their world and Dios is their God.
Hans Polak and his friends are fiercely dedicated fans of the soccer club Schalke 04 and Hans is the king of them all. He would give up everything for soccer and is already well on his way doing so. He lost his job six months ago and, in drunken frenzy, puts his wife's house up as security for a bet that Pablo "Dios" Diosprese, his fovorite player, will make a goal in the last game of the season. Dios, burned out and out of shape, is sick and tired of Schalke and is planning on changing to FC Internazionale Milano the next season. Drunk again, Hans kidnaps Dios to make him get back into shape for the game. It is not until his wife and son move out and his mother dies that Hans finally gives up and lets Dios go. But Dios' life has fallen apart while he was being held hostage: another player has his InterMilan contract and his wife has run away with his manager. Determined to prove that he still has "the touch", Dios plays the game and saves the day.


Tomy Wigand was born in Ludwigsburg. He studied at the University of Television and Film Munich, and initially became known as an editor and scriptwriter before he discovered his true calling as a director. In the 1980s he was the film editor on Roland Emmerich's first three films, which were produced in Germany: DAS ARCHE NOAH PRINZIP (1984), JOEY (1985) and MOON 44 (1990). In the 1990s he co-authored Hans W. Geißendörfer’s acclaimed adaptation of the book by Dürrenmatt, JUSTIZ (1993), and directed his first television material, including the very successful German television series ALARM FÜR COBRA 11 (1994-1996), and the Claussen+Woebke production TWIGGY – LIEBE AUF DIÄT (1998). Wigand had his feature film debut in 2000 with the comedy FUSSBALL IST UNSER LEBEN, a box-office success and winner of multiple awards. His other films include: the adaptation of the Erich Kästner book DAS FLIEGENDE KLASSENZIMMER (2003), a big box-office hit and was awarded the German Film Award, the comedy POLLY BLUE EYES (2005), another film adaptation of a children's book, TKKG UND DIE RÄTSELHAFTE MINDMACHINE, and OMAMAMIA (2012). He is also active as a producer and lectures at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy.
Category Feature
Director Tomy Wigand
Screenplay Martin Ritzenhoff, Matthias Dinter
Cinematography Diethard Prengel
Christian Nauheimer
Tobi Neumann
Cast Oscar Ortega-Sanchez, Ralf Richter, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Walter Gontermann
Producers Philip Voges, Mischa Hofmann
Production Company Novamedia, Munich, in co-production with SevenPictures Film, in cooperation with H & V Entertainment/Munich
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 1999, Berlin 2000 (German Films)
German Distributor SevenX, Unterföhring

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