A wonderful last night at the Football Film Festival

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Congratulations! This year’s winner of the audience prize the Golden 11 is Mario Bucci. His documentary "Una Meravigliosa Stagione Fallimentare" (A Marvelous Season of Bankruptcy) told the story of the ups and downs of Southern Italian club Bari, which declared insolvency in 2014 but which staged a miracle recovery.

The director and members of his team accepted the award live in front of a sell-out crowd at Kino Babylon in Berlin-Mitte.  Bucci’s film beat out the German documentary about Cologne legend Heinz Flohe “Der mit dem Ball tanzt”  (Dances with the Ball) and the Brazilian documentary “Democracia em preto e blanco“ (Democracy in Black and White) by Pedro Asbeg.

The winner of the Shortkicks short-film competition was the German-Brazilian fictional film “Im Glanze dieses Glückes” (Joy Shines On) by Sven Schrader & Riccardo Wolff, which celebrated Germany’s victory at the 2014 World Cup.