Männer wie wir

Männer wie wir

Deutschland 2003/2004, Spielfilm

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Balls
Ecki works as a baker in the family business of his parents in the industrial West German village of Boldrup, but his heart belongs to football. For years he has sparkled as goalie for the hometown soccer team FC Boldrup. But on a single day his world collapses: first he ruins the chances of his team to move up into the regional league, and then to everyone′s – and his own – surprise he is outed as gay and thrown out the club. That is more than Ecki can stand for and he demands revenge. He challenges his former team to a match in four weeks with a team he will put together – made up of gay players. With no little difficulty and the help of his sister he manages to scour the dives of the big city of Dortmund and find the Magnificent Eleven, a motley crew of would-be athletes who at first appear to know little about football. But with the help of the grumpy, homophobic ex-professional kicker Karl they grow into a united squad that can take on any team of "normal" players.

With "Balls" Sherry Hormann has created a feel-good comedy that skillfully confronts prejudice against homosexuality. As the virgin gay Ecki, stage actor Maximilian Brückner demonstrates in his first film role the necessary innocence to fit the part and at the same time the strength to dispel the clichés about gays. A heartstring-tugging comedy about friendship, respect for the individual, and the courage to be different.

Source: 55. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Director:Sherry Hormann
Assistant director:Nicole Peñaranda Hohner
Script supervisor:Claudia Brede
Screenplay:Benedikt Gollhardt
Director of photography:Hanno Lentz
Assistant camera:Xaver Kringer
Production design:Thomas Freudenthal
Prop master:Marillo Ricken, Maren Eich
Make-up artist:Sabine Muschalek, Frauke Horn
Costume design:Gabriele Binder
Editing:Eva Schnare
Assistant editor:Özlem Konnuk
Foley editor:Lisa Geffken-Reinhard
Sound:Andreas Wölki
Sound assistant:Georg Müller
Audio mixing:Tschangis Chahrokh
Special effects:Volker Lohrig
Casting:Nessie Nesslauer
Music:Martin Todsharow
  
Cast: 
Maximilian BrücknerEcki
David RottSven
Lisa Maria PotthoffSusanne
Dietmar BärGerd, Eckis Vater
Saskia VesterRenate, Eckis Mutter
Steven WellmannEcki, jung
Mirko LangTobias
Carlo LjubekUdo
Tobias van DiekenBernhard
Hans LöwKlaus
Rolf ZacherTrainer Karl
Mariele MillowitschWirtin Elke
Christian BerkelRudolf
Markus JohnTom
Charly HübnerHorst "Hotte"
Andreas SchmidtJürgen
Simon SolbergFrank
Felix VörtlerUdos Vater
Michael von BurgMartin
Max HoppSteffen
Marcel NievelsteinJan
Leon BreitenbornEcki, jung
Melody SittaCordula, jung
Ute Maria LernerSchwangere Frau
Jan GiffelUdo, jung
Nicholas BodeuxEhemann
Eileen EilenderSusanne, jung
Willi ThomczykWirt
Anna KoeslingSusanne, jung
Judith HoerschCordula
Jochen SternRentner Rudi
Nikolai WillKunde in der Bäckerei
Billey DemirtasErcin
Edesson Batista de JesúsRonaldo
Edilton Pereira da CruzRonaldinho
Sybille SchedwillJans Mutter
Mohammed-Ali BehboudiErcins Vater
  
Production company:Hager Moss Film GmbH (München)
in co-production with:H & V Entertainment GmbH (München-Geiselgasteig), German Film Productions (GFP) GmbH & Co. (Berlin), RTL Television GmbH (Köln)
Producer:Kirsten Hager, Eric Moss, Andreas Schneppe
Co-Producer:David Groenewold
Producer (TV):Peter Studhalter, Eva Poetsch, Andrea Klüver
Unit production manager:Chris Evert
Location manager:Mark Nolting
Shoot:01.07.2003-28.08.2003: Köln, Dortmund, Münsterland
Original distributor:Buena Vista International (Germany) GmbH (München)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:2897 m, 106 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 02.07.2004, 98618, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 27.09.2004, Köln, Cinedom;
Kinostart (DE): 07.10.2004

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Originaltitel (DE) Männer wie wir
Arbeitstitel Lattenknaller

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Original

Length:2897 m, 106 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 02.07.2004, 98618, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 27.09.2004, Köln, Cinedom;
Kinostart (DE): 07.10.2004
 

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