German drama set in the summer of 1954, as the country struggles to rebuild itself after the Second World War. Young Matthias (Louis Klamroth) is football-obsessed, and is overjoyed to be adopted as the lucky mascot of the local team in the small German mining town where he lives. At the same time, Mattias' father Richard (Peter Lohmeyer) has returned home after years in a Soviet prisoner of war camp, his presence casting a dark shadow over the family. Ignoring Matthias' interest in football, Richard can only brood over the atrocities he has witnessed on the Eastern Front. With the World Cup in Switzerland approaching, and with one of the town's local players being selected for the long-shot German squad, Matthias is able to rekindle his father's interest in life as they follow the progress of their national team to victory.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: German filmmaker and former professional footballer (read: soccer player) Sönke Wortmann directs the family sports drama Das Wunder von Bern (The Miracle of Bern). The title is in reference to the unexpected German victory over the Hungarians at the 1954 World Cup in Bern, Switzerland. In the working-class Ruhr region of West Germany, the Lubanski family eagerly awaits husband and father Richard (Peter Lohmeyer) to be released from the Soviet POW camp. During his absence, mother Christa (Johanna Gastdorf) and daughter Ingrid (Birthe Wolter) have started up their own business, while son Matthias (Louis Klamroth) has developed an interest in soccer. He idolizes local player Helmut Rahn, but his father doesn't approve of it. Meanwhile, sports journalist Paul Ackermann (Lucas Gregorowicz) heads to Switzerland to cover the World Cup events. The finale at the climactic soccer game was re-created with professional players from the German Football Liga along with a 3-D stadium and CGI crowd. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: European Film Awards, ...The Miracle of Bern (UK) ( Das Wunder von Bern )