The Keeper (Trautmann)
Wed. October 16, 2019 8:30 p.m.
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
119 min. UK, Germany (2018) BD
English & some German w/ English subtitles
Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Starring: David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw, Harry Melling, Michael Socha
Screenwriters: Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Nicholas J. Schofield
Cinematography: Daniel Gottschalk
Producer: Robert Marciniak
US Distributor: Menemsha Films
Winner of 2019 Bavarian Film Award for Best Production and the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival for Best Supporting Actor John Henshaw.
The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.