Genre: Melodram

Category: Feature Film
Year of Production: 2005

Directed by: Buket Alakus
Written by: Buket Alakus, Jan Berger

Producer:  Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert
Co-Producer: –

Cast: Karoline Herfurth, Ken Duken
Language: German

Format: 35mm
Runtime: 100 Min.

Production: Wüste Film (Line Production: brave new work)
Co-Production: ZDF/arte

World Sales: Filmwelt

Release date: 26.01.2006

When 20 year old Hayat (Karoline Herfurth) is released from hospital her life has changed completely. Out of the blue she is diagnosed with breast cancer. But the young girl fights for getting back to the point in life when everything was okay. She simply doesn’t want to do without her favourite sport, soccer. Her father Baba Can (Thierry van Werveke) urges her to take care of herself, but against his will Hayat tries to live her passion. When she meets Toni (Ken Duken), the coach of her new soccer team, she starts to falter between new found euphoria and fear. One one hand she feels drawn towards him, on the other she constantly ignores his tireless advances because of her physical condition. But Toni is a fighter just like Hayat and suddenly it’s do or die for both: lust for life and victory over sickness, in short – love!

Line producing for Wüste Film, Hamburg

Supported by Filmförderung Hamburg, Nordmedia and Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film

Grimme Award 2008, for Best Director, Best Script, Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor
Audience Award Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2005
Bernhard Wicki Award (Audience Award) Filmfestival Emden 2005
Audience Award Filmkunstmesse Leipzig 2005
Film Festival de la Comédie Monte-Carlo 2005: Best Actor: Ken Duken, Best Script: Buket Alakus and Jan Berger
Honorable Mention at 27th Film Festival Biberach 2005

ZDF (TV premiere: Jan 26, 2007)

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