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Bend it like Beckham

Original title: Bend it like Beckham
German title: Kick it like Beckham
Great Britain, 2001

Director: Chada, Gurinder
Production company: Bilb/Road Movies
Age recommendation: 12 years and up

Synopsis:
A British "Teen Comedy" about bending the rules to get what you want.

If you are 18, love Backham and can bend a ball like him the world's your oyster, right? Wrong. If you are Jess - 18, Indian and a girl - forget it. Do you think your marriage-obsessed folks will let you play a man's game?

If you are Jules - 18, English and a girl - what will it take to convince your mother that just because you play footie it does not mean you are a lesbian?

Both girls dream of playing professionally - that means going to the States, where the girls get paid, get sponsorship and get proper respect. Jess and Jules are on their way with help from their coach, Joe, until they both fall in love with him.

Comments:
Sensational success in UK: more than two million admisions in five weeks.

"Bend it Like Beckham" is a warm comedy about cultural differences and about growing up and liberating yourself from your parents. (Buster Copenhagen 2002)

Festivals:
Sandnes 2002, Duesseldorf 2003, Vilnius 2004, Ale Kino Poznan 2006

Website: www.theworksltd.com

World sales address/es:
Film Four (GB)
Film Sales Company (GB)

Sold to:
Highlight (D)
Einhorn-Film (A)
Lucky Red (I)
Alta (Esp)
Umut Sanat (TR)
gkids (USA)