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English Titles D

Don / Off-Side

Original title: Don
German title: Don
Netherlands, 2005

Director: Steenbergen, Arend
Production company: Lemming Film (NL)
Co-producers: KRO-TV, NL
Age recommendation: 9 years and up

Synopsis:
Don Kerbosch is smart, pugnacious and a damn good soccer player. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. After his expulsion from school he ends up in a school full of migrants, which brings him over night into the unfamiliar position of an outsider. The everyday life at school puts the former superhero to a hard test, since his fellow students make things difficult for him. A student soccer championship seems to bring about a change. Don’s ambition is arisen and he tries to turn sworn enemies into a successful soccer team. That is not easy at all ...
Once more the school is the space in which cultures collide and sports make way to cope with a conflict when words fail.

Raw and intense youth film about a bunch of soccer playing kids in the first year of high school.

Comments:
Director’s statement
“DON has become the film that I would have loved to see, when I was eleven. At the time there was nothing remotely like it. I hope this film will become special to a lot of 10 to 14 year olds. Because it’s in their world, with kids from their street, and it could be in their school yard. It’s a film full of pushing and shoving, football, and a kiss. It’s also a story about courage and honesty, and fighting for things that are worth fighting for”.

Marketing strategies:
www.don-film.nl

Festivals:
Giffoni 2006, Hamburg 2006 (awarded), Yerevan/Armenia 2006 (awarded), Sprockets Toronto 2007, Kristiansand 2007, Zlin 2007 (awarded), FICI Madrid 2007 (awarded), Vienna 2007 (Special mention), Ale Kino Poznan 2007, Castellinaria Bellinzona 2008 (awarded)

Website: www.lemmingfilm.com

World sales address/es:
Eyeworks Egmond (NL)
Attraction Distribution (CDN)

Sold to:
A-Film (NL)