The Miracle of Bern - Soccer Still Rules! Film SeriesGoethe-Institut Los Angeles (5750 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036) Map it Free
German with English subtitles
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Dir. Sönke Wortmann, Germany, 2003, 118 min., digital.
Starring: Louis Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Johanna Gastdorf, Peter Franke, Sascha Göpel
Summer, 1954. Not long before West Germany is to compete in the World Cup, Richard Lubanski returns home after eleven years in a Soviet prisoner of war camp.
His youngest son, Matthias, has never known his father, and instead looks up to local soccer hero Helmut Rahn as a surrogate father figure. Richard, feeling alienated from a country he no longer recognizes, initially looks down on his son’s love of soccer. However, Matthias’ infectious passion for the sport soon draws Richard out of his depression, creating a connection between father and son, and rejuvenating the family.
The bond between father and son is cemented as the two travel together to see Rahn and the German national team compete in Bern. Wortmann’s discerning portrait of West Germany during the post-war Wirtschaftswunder, or “economic miracle”, links the nation’s unexpected victory in the World Cup in Bern, Switzerland with Germany’s new-found sense of identity.
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