Opening 5 Oct 2006
One of the most exciting sport events in the world took place during the summer months of June and July 2006, in Germany. The FIFA organization sponsored the soccer world cup and Germany was the event’s host. One of Germany’s beloved film makers, Sönke Wortmann, made a documentary film to hallow the memories of the electrifying games and to record the impact it had on the world, the German culture, and the team itself.
Wortmann’s camera crew daily followed the teams’ journey, beginning with the initial training days in Italy up to the last official game played together – their fabulous win for third place. The memory of this game and the celebration that followed is unforgettable. Some of their journey which Wortmann captured was like watching family home movies: often uneventful but endearing. Soccer fans will delight in the charming moments that offer a unique inside view on the personalities. Throughout the world cup, Germans were glued to their seats because the national team and its coaches, Jürgen Klinsmann and Jogi Löw, gave the world an outstanding performance, both on and off the field. A total class act! The country was proud of their team and the team was proud of their country. Wortmann documents how that Germany’s summer event was a team effort on many counts. Germany’s 2006 summer fairy tale was just as much accredited to the fans and their hospitality as it was to their team’s play. Wortmann draws the audience into his film slowly and with deliberation, recounting spectacular games and the surrounding events in order to relive a magical experience in Germany’s history. For generations to come, their fairy tale will be noted as an example of excellence: in fairness, team spirit and hard work. (Karen Pecota)