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11-year-old Ben's village will soon be only an open brown coal mine. He and his family move to a nearby city but Ben fails to fit in at his new school. Bullied, he returns secretly to his old, abandoned home. His one pleasure, football, pales with the arrival of 12-year-old Tariq, a Syrian refugee and better player. But when bureaucracy stops Tariq playing and he runs away, Ben finds him and learns that Tariq is desperate to be reunited with his scattered family. To cheer him up, Ben shares his biggest secret: the village. Jealousy on the football field becomes friendship and understanding. So when Tariq's brother calls from Amsterdam, wanting Tariq to join him, he will leave with happy memories and Ben can finally feel at home in his new life.
Genre Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2019
Director Sarah Winkenstette
Screenplay Susanne Finken
Cast Yoran Leicher, Sohbi Awad, Andreas Nickl, Mohamed Achour, Anna Böttcher
Producers Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann, Milena Klemke, Yvonne Wellie
Co-Producer Corinna Poetter
Production Company Weydemann Bros., in co-production with Orange Roughy Filmproduktion
Runtime 88 min
Festivals Molodist Kyiv 2019, Giffoni 2019, Zlin 2019, Zurich 2019, Black Nights Tallinn 2019, Chicago Int. Children's FF 2019, Haugesund – The Norwegian International Film Festival 2020, Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 2020, Seattle International Film Festival 2021
Awards Teen Screen Award Molodist Kyiv 2019, Kids Jury Award Zurich 2019
With backing from Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Creative Europe

Weydemann Bros.