Roster of films, 11mm Fußballfilmfestival, 3–6 April 2009

  • Das Eigentor (The Own Goal) (GDR 1985, dir. Hans Knötzsch) | Comedy about an East German official looking to move up the football hierarchy.
  • Fußballbrüder (Football Brothers) (Germany 2008, dir. Jörg Steinberg) | Flouting conventional desires to join bigger and more successful clubs, 10 pairs of brothers—believed to be unprecedented in world football—played for the humble East Berlin side Mechanisierung Köpenick. This documentary traces their stories.
  • Das Fußballwunder von Uerdingen (The Football Miracle from Uerdingen) (Germany 2007, dir. Bernhard Dreiner) | Documentary about 1986 European Cup quarterfinal, second leg, between Bayer Uerdingen and Dynamo Dresden. Down 1–5 on aggregate starting the second half, Uerdingen explodes for six goals in 29 minutes to win the tie 7–5.
  • Der kleine General—Dynamo Dresdens Meisterjahre unter Walter Fritzsch, 1969–1978 (The Small General—Dynamo Dresden’s Championship Years under Walter Fritzsch, 1969–1978) (Germany 2008, dir. Uwe Karte) | Dresden won the Oberliga title five times with Fritzsch in charge, despite the manager’s authoritarian ways.
  • Mitteldeutsche Fußballlegenden—Lebensläufe: Die Brüder Roland und Peter Ducke (Middle German Football Legends—Curriculum Vitæ: The Brothers Roland and Peter Ducke) (Germany 2004, dir. Ernst-Michael Brandt) | With SC Motor Jena, what would become FC Carl Zeiss Jena, the Ducke brothers were the flagship players of East German football in the 1960s and ’70s. Pelé called Peter Ducke one of the world’s 10 best strikers.
  • Der Mittelstürmer verweigert das Paradies (The Center Forward Denied Paradise) (GDR 1987, dir. Peter Weckwerth) | A prized goal-scorer enters a millionaire’s human menagerie. Manchester City, anyone?
  • Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz (The Naked Man on the Sporting Field) (GDR 1973, dir. Konrad Wolf) | A commission for a new sport park poses creative dilemmas for a sculptor, Kemmel, portrayed by renowned East German actor Kurt Böwe. The muscular figure, cast in the altogether, does not seem to fit the boxy aesthetic of socialism.
  • Der neue Fimmel (The New Fimmel) (GDR 1960, dir. Walter Beck) | Children’s film about the love of football in the provinces.
  • Nicht schummeln, Liebling
  • Nicht schummeln, Liebling (Don’t Cheat, My Love) (GDR 1973, dir. Joachim Hasler) | Formulaic socialist musical about a small-town mayor who helps found a women’s football team and issues them lace-up unitards.
  • Tod dem Verräter (Death to the Traitor) (Germany 2000, dir. Heribert Schwan) | Schwan pored through Stasi files to uncover the security police’s involvement in the surveillance and eventual death of Lutz Eigendorf, who defected to the West after a career with Stasi-backed BFC Dynamo.
  • Und Freitags in die “Grüne Hölle” (And Fridays in the “Green Hell”) (GDR 1989, dir. Ernst Cantzler), shown with 20 Jahre nach der Hölle (Twenty Years in Hell) (Germany 2007, dir. Matti Michalke and Guido Wulff) | With roots in the East German federation of trade unions, 1. FC Union Berlin cultivated a fierce rivalry with Stasi-backed Dynamo. The original documentary about the club and supporters could only be shown in cinemas after General Secretary Erich Honecker‘s resignation in Oct 1989. In 20 Jahre the directors revisit Union supporters, who still bond over the club anthem, “Eisern Union,” popularized by German punker Nina Hagen.
  • Verzeihung, sehen Sie Fußball? (Excuse Me, Are You Watching the Football?) (GDR 1983, dir. Gunther Scholz) | A slice of everyday living in East Berlin. Residents in five tenement flats prepare to watch the 1982 World Cup final, Italy v. West Germany.
  • “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Germany 2005, dir. Walter Krieg) | Documentary about Reinhard “Mecki” Lauck, capped 233 times for the GDR—including appearances in the 1974 World Cup and 1976 Olympic gold medal–winning side—but who died of alcohol poisoning in 1997.

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