Film Festival

Soccer’s Own Little Berlinale

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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The Berlin soccer film festival has developed a growing fan base over the years but could use additional sponsors to take it to the next level of competition.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • The 11mm film festival started in 2004.
    • This year’s event will show about 70 films.
    • More than 4,000 people attend.
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The carpet leading up to the movie theater isn’t red but green and is actually real turf.

The prominent visitors included former German national team player Arne Friedrich, VfL Wolfsburg defender Marcel Schäfer and Abraham Klein, a Fifa referee from Israel.

And there’s been no shortage of testosterone among the viewers in the 400-seat historic Babylon theater on the backside of Alexander Platz in Berlin.

The 12th annual 11mm International Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind bonanza in the German capital – a big-screen competition set up for and about soccer. It ends tonight with a ceremony for best film to be selected by the more than 4,000 people attending the event.

For all the dissimilarities between 11mm and the much larger, more prestigious Berlinale in February, the two Berlin film festivals share a passion for cultural and political art-house movies, according festival co-director Andreas Leimbach-Niaz.

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