Gipsy Queen

 © DOR FILM/Fabio Eppensteiner
 © DOR FILM/Fabio Eppensteiner

Castro Closing Night Film

Feb. 9, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Northern California Premiere
In Person: Actress Alina Serban

117 min. Germany, Austria (2019)
German and Romany w/ English subtitles

Director: Hüseyin Tabak
Starring: Alina Serban, Tobias Moretti, Irina Kurbanova
Producer: Danny Krausz
Screenwriter: Hüseyin Tabak
Director of Photography: Lukas Gnaiger
Editor: Christoph Loidl
Production: DOR FILM-WEST Produktionsgesellschaft mbH, DOR FILM Produktionsgesellschaft mbH
World Sales: ARRI Media GmbH

Director Hüseyin Tabak gained critical acclaim with such films as "Your Beauty is Worth Nothing" and "The Legend of the Ugly King." "Gipsy Queen" is a powerful and inspiring boxing story of the Roma single mother AiI (30), who uses everything she‘s got to try to keep the heads of her two children Esmeralda (11) and Mateo (5) above water, and to enable them to get a good start in life in their new home in a foreign country. It‘s hard not to like young Ali. She has the heart of a lion, is proud, doesn‘t complain and works herself to the bone for her two children, Esmeralda and Mateo, as a cleaner in Hamburg‘s famous Ritze underground club. But deep in her heart Ali carries a wound: after she became an unmarried mother in Romania she was disowned by her father - for whom, until then, she was the Gipsy Queen, the queen of all Roma. When Ali discovers the boxing ring in the Ritze's basement one day and gets to watch a fight, it brings back memories of boxing training with her father. Fully equipped and disappointed by life, Ali vents all her fury on the punching bag in the basement of the Ritze one evening. Tanne, ex-boxer and owner of the Ritze, sees her and recognizes her talent. She starts to box again and sees the chance of a better life.

Gipsy Queen celebrated its International Premiere in the Official Competition of the 2019 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. Alina Serban won Best Actress at the festival.