30.09. - 09.10.2021

Starting 5 Germany 2016 | 87 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour and B&W | FF 2016

Milan Skrobanek

Milan Skrobanek (*1984) studied film at the School for Visual Arts in Hamburg and the École des Beaux-Arts in Marseille. After graduating with his film Die Chinesen Europas [Europe's Chinese] about the German table-tennis team, he went on to make the football film Im Derby-Dreieck [In the Derby Triangle]. Starting 5 is his third sports documentary.

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Documentary Marvin Willoughby appeared 35 times for the German national basketball team. After his career, he did social work in various Hamburg hotspots and worked with the city's most talented players. In 2014, together with friends he brought professional basketball back to Hamburg. Since then, the Hamburg Towers have combined professional sport with social work in their newly built Inselparkhalle. The project's dimensions are huge: an arena worth millions and endless negotiations with politicians, sponsor and player's agents mean a lot of stress for Marvin. But he fights. With himself and together with Hamed, the Towers' trainer, and Lenny and Louis, two of Germany's biggest talents. For sporting success, you need money – and to get money, you need sporting success. A Catch-22 situation more likely to break you than be broken. Starting 5 portrays one of the most exciting sporting projects being pursued in Hamburg.
Original title: Starting 5
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: English, German
Language and subtitles: OV with German subtitles
Director: Milan Skrobanek
Screenplay: Milan Skrobanek
Cast: Marvin Willoughby, Hamed Attarbashi, Louis Olinde, Lenny Larysz
Producer: Ole Hellwig
Director of Photography: Andreas Klein
Music: Vincent Straube, Monroe, Simelli & emphis, TMFU
Production Design:
Editor: Andreas Massopust, Milan Skrobanek
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor: Real Fiction Filmverleih
World Sales:
Production: CURLYPICTURES GmbH & Co. KG
Contact: Ole Hellwig, Curly Pictures:


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