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We Can Be Heroes

English title: We Can Be Heroes
Original title: Bäst i Sverige
German title: Zwei kleine Helden
Sweden/Denmark, 2002

Director: Malmros, Ulf
Production company: Sandrew Metronome International, Stockholm
Co-producers: Götafilm AB, Göteborg, Film i Väst
Age recommendation: 6 years and up

What can you do when you're just ten years old and still very small – well, except for your big mouth, that is? Marcello, a Swedish-Italian boy from the suburbs, is about to find out. Sometimes wishful thinking and reality are worlds apart. How can you make your dream of a professional football career come true when you only have a home-made football kit and you can't even score a goal? As an altarboy, Marcello can always turn to Jesus for advice, but at school and in the playground he has to put up with quite a lot of ribbing. Then, just as things are beginning to look really gloomy, Fatima arrives in his class. She is the same age as Marcello, comes from Lebanon, is self-assured and plays a mean game of football. She teaches him to believe in his dreams – even if they do not tally with those of his parents and even if it means being bullied by his classmates. Marcello and Fatima become best friends, and soon find love as well. (Nordic Filmdays Luebeck 2002)

Awarded with the award of the Nordic Film Institutes at the Nordic Filmdays Luebeck 2002.

"One of the best Swedish films of the year, We Can Be Heroes has enough depth and charm to appeal to a much broader audience than the kids who are its prime target." VARIETY

"Few Swedish family films are made with such humour, warmth and charm." Aftonbladet

"One of this year's best family films!" SVT, Swedish public broadcaster

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Cinema: 25.000 admissions in Gemany.

Luebeck 2002 (awarded), Malmö 2003, Stuttgart 2003 (awarded), Augsburg 2003 , Leeds 2004, Duesseldorf 2004, Bielefeld 2004, Castellinaria Bellinzona 2004 (awarded), Jakarta 2012

Study guide: German

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