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Rio de Janeiro, 2014: The German national team locker room directly after winning the World Cup. Those present thrust themselves in the middle of the action: the drenched players, the German President and the Chancellor. But what’s truly unique about this image, which captures this moment forever, is not apparent upon first glance. Someone is sitting alone on the bench, untying his shoes: Toni Kroos.

It’s an image that appears to be in character for Kroos’ unique brand of modesty, which for the longest time gave him the reputation of someone who failed to stand out enough. Today, he plays for the world’s biggest club and has won almost all there is to win. He is the most successful German footballer of all time and, if you go by Instagram and his 21 million followers, he has more fans than all other Germans.

Toni Kroos is a phenomenon. You barely notice him on the field or in public. He’s modest, introverted and reserved. Yet, he is the most successful and most expensive German football player of all times. He is the heart and mind of Real Madrid, the biggest football club in the world, where show and spectacle are as important as victory.

KROOS follows the path that led Toni Kroos from Greifswald to Madrid. This documentary not only provides unseen images of the life of this atypical athlete and special individuals, but also takes a look behind the scenes of professional football and creates a portrait of this generational footballer and unique human being. In a time, in which football is as much show as it’s ever been and others insert themselves into the moments of triumph of others, we come to recognize Toni Kroos as a man for the special moments without the fanfare. As a midfielder he sees the game unlike most, donning the role of director, who with ease and logic inserts order into the chaos of football. Among others, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Luka Modrić, Zinédine Zidane, Pep Guardiola, Florentino Pérez, Uli Hoeneß and Robbie Williams share their insight.
Genre Sports
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Director Manfred Oldenburg
Cinematography Johannes Imdahl
Producer Leopold Hoesch
Production Company BROADVIEW Pictures
Runtime 113 min
Format DCP, color, cs
 German, Spanish, English, French
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese
Sound Technology 5.1
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
German Distributor NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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