You’ll never walk alone

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The 14th 11mm International Football Film Festival takes place from the 30th of March until the 3rd of April, once again spread over three locations in Berlin: Babylon (Mitte), Filmtheater am Friedrichshain, and City Kino (Wedding).

Iceland, the surprise success at last year’s European Championships, will be the focus of the opening event on Thursday 30th of March. The festival will begin with a screening of the documentary “Like a Volcano: The Rise of Icelandic Football”. In making his film, director Sævar Gudmundsson accompanied the Icelandic squad during their sensational qualifying stage for the tournament in France. The evening will be presented by Jessy Wellmer from Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb).

World Premiere: “You’ll never walk alone”
A further highlight of this year’s festival is the world premiere of the documentary “You’ll never walk alone” by Andre Schäfer, in which actor and football fan Joachim Król follows the story of the legendary football song. His journey takes him from Budapest to Berlin, from there to Hollywood, then through Liverpool to the greatest and most renowned football stadiums in the world. Along the way, he meets people who share a special connection with the song.

Homage to Johan Cruyff
In the days following the first anniversary of his death, the festival devotes a cinematic homage to Dutch football icon Johan Cruyff. Documentaries will be shown detailing the life and career of this exceptional player, who was as dear to the Dutch fans as to those of FC Barcelona, the club with whom he became the first person ever to win the European Cup as both a player and a manager.
Friends and contemporaries of Cruyff, directors, and journalists, for example Christopher Biermann, Chief Editor of football culture magazine 11Freunde, are expected at the opening of the homage on Saturday 1st of April. The world premiere of a short film about Cruyff’s Catalonian personal photographer is planned for the same evening.

“Footballing homeland North-Rhine Westphalia” & “Football in Israel”
As in previous years, the festival will present some of 11mm’s own films alongside the numerous international premieres. The 11mm “Footballing homeland North-Rhine Westphalia” collection is comprised of gems from the Rhineland’s football culture, and marks the completion of a festival excursion through this federal state, which began in 2016 and included football film screenings in 14 towns and cities.

“Football in Israel” is the focus of our second special topic, exactly 30 years after the first official friendly match between the German and Israeli national teams.

11mm shortkicks
The 11mm shortkicks gala on Monday 3rd of April is the traditional celebration with which the festival finishes. The event will see the most brilliant short football films of the year presented, with a celebrity jury comprised of footballers, directors, actors, and musicians choosing a winner. Current Bundesliga players from Hertha BSC and VfL Wolfsburg have already confirmed their attendance.

From the 27th of March until the 1st of April, the 11minimeter school programme takes centre stage. The best young people’s and children’s football films will be screened for Berliner schoolkids in the Filmtheater am Friedrichshain, with the patronage of a VfL Wolfsburg player.

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