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Sumo Bruno

For the first time ever, the Sumo Wrestling Amateur Championships are being held outside of Japan, in Riesa, a small town in Germany.

Kalle, a shifty entrepreneur, talks Bruno, his 400 pound heavyweight buddy, into taking up Sumo wrestling with the goal to win the prize money. But Bruno is all but a fighting machine. Kalle hires Akashi, a local owner of a fairly successful Sushi restaurant, as a Sumo trainer. Bruno wouldn't last long were it no for eleven year old, overweight Timo and his mother Anna, a dancer and fitness instructor. Bruno undergoes the relentless Sumo training enforced by Akashi. He is on his way to becoming a champion but his friends are in trouble. Kalle is threatened by a loan shark and Anna and Timo seek shelter in Bruno's house. What could be more than sympathy between Anna and Bruno is destroyed by shyness and awkwardness and ends in disappointment. But, encouraged by Timo, Bruno sails through the qualifying tournament and qualifies for the World Championship.
The big day - but the seats reserved for Timo and Anna remain empty. Bruno realizes that to get what he wants, especially in love matters, he has to overcome his shyness and take fate into his own hands. Just before the final fight, he finds Anna and Timo. Anna's kiss is the biggest reward of the day. In the final match, Bruno is beaten but knows, that, even though he came in second, he is the winner overall.


Lenard Fritz Krawinkel Born in 1966, Lenard Fritz Krawinkel studied Medecine and History of Art in Paris, Budapest and Geneva before working as a TV journalist in Berlin. He also directed several documentary dramas for SFB and WDR. He began studies at the Academy for Television & Film (HFF) in Munich from 1993 and continued at FEMIS in Paris. He directed short films, music videos and commercials before shooting the pilot and two additional episodes to the ZDF series First Love. He made his feature directorial debut in winter 1999 with Sumo Bruno for Babelsberg Film.
Genre Sports
Category Feature
Director Lenard Fritz Krawinkel
Screenplay Lenard Fritz Krawinkel, Marius del Mestre, Jan Berger
Cinematography Piotr Lenar
Adam Boome
Biber Gullatz, Eckes Malz
Cast Oliver Korittke, Martin Semmelrogge, Martin Seifert, Hakan Orbeyi, Julia Richter, Thomas Drechsel, Uwe Steimle
Producers Friedrich-Carl Wachs, Dirk Beinhold
Production Company Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, in co-production with Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, Senator Film Produktion
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Montreal 2000, Quebec 2000, Hof 2000 (opening film), Singapore 2000, Lodz 2000, Gothenburg 2001, Santander 2002
Awards Caracola de Oro Santander 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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