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Offside (Eine andere Liga)

Offside
Scene from "Offside" (photo © Wueste Filmproduktion/Nicole Manthey)

Football is the most important thing right now in the life of 20-year-old Hayat, a lively, fun-loving Turkish-German girl. She’s one of the best on the field, but her winning streak comes to an end when she’s stricken with cancer and loses a breast. After leaving the hospital, she tries to pick up where she left off. Since her father has taken her out of her football team, she secretly joins another – a ragtag bunch of social misfits barely held together by an
indifferent trainer, Toni. Soon, not only her fellow players are infected by Hayat’s passion, but also Toni, though his feelings aren’t limited to the game... Hayat resists his advances at first, painfully aware that she lacks self-confidence in addition to a breast. She knows she’s different from the other girls and hesitates between fighting and accepting her ”offside“ position. But Toni doesn’t care what her position is. It’s all or nothing now, a game that’s got to be won, the only game that’s really worth winning...

From Wueste Film, the producers of Fatih Akin’s feature Head-On (winner of the 2004 Golden Bear in Berlin as well as the German & European Film Awards), comes another drama by a Turkish-German director, Buket Alakus. Her first feature Anam (2000) won the Prix Europa and numerous other awards. In Offside she proves a sure hand in treating a sensitive subject matter with liberating lightness.


Buket Alakus was born in 1971 in Istanbul and grew up in Hamburg. After finishing her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin in 1995, she studied Film Directing at Hamburg University\'s Institute of Theater, Music and Film from 1996-1998. Her films include: the shorts Martin (1995), Schluessel (1996), Tango (1997), Kismet (1998), her award-winning feature debut Anam (2000), Offside (Eine andere Liga, 2004), Freundinnen fuers Leben (TV, 2005), the children\'s series Kinder.de (2006), and Finnish Tango (Finnischer Tango, 2008).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Buket Alakus
Screenplay Buket Alakus, Jan Berger
Cinematography Bella Halben
Andreas Radtke
Ali N. Askin
Cast Karoline Herfurth, Ken Duken, Thierry van Werveke
Producers Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel
Production Company Wüste Film/Hamburg, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 110 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2005, Emden 2005, Hamburg 2005, Monte Carlo 2005, Giffoni 2006
Awards Audience Award Saarbruecken 2005, Bernhard Wicki Award Best Director Emden 2005, Audience Award Filmkunstmesse Leipzig
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Nordmedia
German Distributor Timebandits Films/Potsdam

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