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Heavyweights (Schwere Jungs)

Scene from "Heavyweights" (photo © Constantin Film)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1952. The hapless carpenter and would-be bobsledder Gamser is training like mad with his friends Franzl, Gustl and Leusl Peter to make the national qualifications for the Winter Olympics in Oslo – Germany's first Olympic Games since the end of the war. Another team, however, has been selected to represent Germany, and it's stronger than Gamser's. Worse yet, it's headed by Gamser's old childhood rival Dorfler, a wealthy brewery owner, who's already the official world champion and is planning to swoop down to victory with his teammates Basti, Kaspar and Toni. In snowy, bitter-cold Norway, the German sportsmen skid right into a hornet's nest of sports-political intrigues and erotic adventures. Soon, the tension between the two equally strong teams becomes nearly intolerable. When it turns out that neither of the two teams can win on its own, the eight men have to make an important decision: either they pointlessly maintain their old hostility, or they pool their creative energies together to score a victory not only for themselves, but above all, for young, post-war Germany.

From breakout director Marcus H. Rosenmueller, whose Grave Decisions played 16 weeks in the top ten and sold more than 1.2 million tickets, Heavyweights is a breathtaking sports adventure that sparkles with humor and dazzling action sequences.

Marcus H. Rosenmüller was born in 1973 in Tegernsee and studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich. Also active in theater, a selection of his award-winning films includes: GRAVE DECISIONS (WER FRÜHER STIRBT IST LÄNGER TOT, 2006), HEAVYWEIGHTS (SCHWERE JUNGS, 2007), BEST TIMES (BESTE ZEIT, 2007), BESTE GEGEND (2008), RÄUBER KNEISSL (2008), LITTLE WHITE LIES (DIE PERLMUTTERFARBE, 2009), SUMMER IN ORANGE (SOMMER IN ORANGE, 2011), SOMMER DER GAUKLER (2011), WER'S GLAUBT WIRD SELIG (2012), BESTE CHANCE (2014), BRENNA TUATS SCHO LANG (doc, 2015), TRAUTMANN (2018), and DOUBLE TROUBLE – THE MAGICAL MIRROR (2019).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Screenplay Philipp Roth
Cinematography Torsten Breuer
Anne Loewer
Gerd Baumann
Josef Sanktjohanser
Cast Andreas Harwarth, Daniel Zillmann, Nicholas Ofczarek, Bastian Pastewka, Antoine Monot Jr., Simon Schwarz, Michael A. Grimm, Sebastian Bezzel
Producer Viola Jäger
Production Companies Olga Film/Munich, German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, Constantin Film Produktion
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Hof 2006, Shanghai 2007, Warsaw 2007 (German Panorama)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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