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Offside

German title: andere Liga, Eine
Germany, 2005

Director: Alakus, Buket
Production company: Wüste Filmproduktion
Age recommendation: 14 years and up

Synopsis:
For Hayat, a 20-year-old girl of Turkish-German background, football is the most important thing in her life. She’s the best player on her football team. When the doctors diagnose breast cancer, the operation changes her life. But she’s a fighter and soon wants to pick up where she left off. Hayat grew up with her father Baba Can – her mother died of cancer when Hayat was still a small child. No wonder that Baba Can is worried about his daughter. He forbids her to overdo and cancels her membership in the team. But he hasn’t reckoned with the tenacity of his daughter. Behind his back she joins up with ragtag bunch of social misfits who make up the Hamburg woman’s football team FC Schanze. Soon the girls, and above all the trainer Toni, is impressed by her enthusiasm. There is just one problem: Toni can’t understand why his attempts to flirt with Hayat are nipped in the bud.

Comments:
Director’s statement
“This is not a story about illness, but rather deals with finding a way back into life. In this extreme situation football becomes literally a game of life or death, because sports help Hayat to accept her body anew”.

Festivals:
Giffoni 2006

World sales address/es:
Bavaria Film International (D)

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