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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2013

Sebastian Dehnhardt is no stranger to documentary portraits of famous people – ranging from Willy Brandt through Heinz Rühmann to Leni Riefenstahl – and made his cinema debut in 2011 with the feature documentary KLITSCHKO about the Ukrainian-born boxing siblings Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.

Now he has turned his sights on another sporting great – the German basketball player Dirk Nowitzki – for his second cinema documentary. He is again collaborating with DoP Johannes Imdahl who lensed Dehnhardt’s award-winning TV docudrama DAS WUNDER VON LEIPZIG - WIR SIND DAS VOLK and DAS DRAMA VON DRESDEN and was one of the DoPs on KLITSCHKO.

As producer Leopold Hoesch, who is partner with Dehnhardt in their Cologne-based company BROADVIEW, recalled in an interview earlier this year, the seeds for this new project were sown in a short conversation with Nowitzki during the shooting of a commercial on Mallorca. They talked about the Klitschko brothers and whether he could imagine seeing his magical shots caught on film. After a short time thinking it over, the basketball player gave his OK.

The film accompanies Nowitzki as he retraces the various stages of his life as an athlete: from high school in Southern Germany with his coach and mentor Holger Geschwindner, to winning with the Dallas Mavericks the NBA Finals and being named Finals Most Valuable Player.

According to the producers, “this is a biopic about friendship and dreams coming true against all odds. A road movie that takes us through the world of professional US sports and the magic of basketball. A story about the unique relationship between three very different personalities, their captivating story of success and what it really takes to fulfill your dreams.”

As in KLITSCHKO, this new documentary, THE PERFECT SHOT - THE DIRK NOWITZKI STORY, has privileged first-hand access to Dirk Nowitzki, showing his daily struggle during training and the ups and downs of life as an athlete – as well as presenting the person behind the athlete.

Genre Biopic, Sports, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Documentary
Director Sebastian Dehnhardt
Screenplay Sebastian Dehnhardt
Cinematography Johannes Imdahl
Cast Dirk Nowitzki, Holger Geschwindner, Mark Cuban, Steve Nash, Tyson Chandler, Kobe Bryant
Producer Leopold Hoesch
Production Company BROADVIEW Pictures
 German, English
Shooting Dates Autumn 2012-Autumn 2013
Festivals Dallas 2015
With backing from German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt

Leopold Hoesch
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